Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Walt Whitman as a Nurse in the Civil WarMade in United States, North and Central America
c. 1861-64 (negative); c. 1950-55 (print)
Print by Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984. Negative by Mathew B. Brady, American, 1823 - 1896.
Gelatin silver print
Currently not on view
1997-146-130From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1997
LabelBrady took this portrait during the years Walt Whitman served as a volunteer wound dresser in the hospitals of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Whitman's writings about his visits were published in a New York newspaper in December 1864, where he wrote that "the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship . . . does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world."