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Edgar Allen Poe Carte de Visite by Brady's Gallery Anthony Published From an Image Taken Only Four Days After Poe's Attempted Suicide

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c. 1860-70, Carte de Visite of Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), produced in Brady's Gallery, After a modified version of the "Ultima Thule" Daguerreotype, and Published by E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, Choice Very Fine.

Very Rare CDV Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe published by E. & H. T. Anthony, attributed to Mathew Brady negative. This image appears as #39 on page 88 of "The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of EDGAR ALLAN POE" by Michael J. Deas. According to the Poe Museum, this image was originally made only four days after Poe's attempted suicide following a rejected marriage proposal. In early November 1848, just four days after attempting to take his own life with an overdose of laudanum, Edgar Allan Poe was brought to the Providence, Rhode Island, daguerreotype studio of Samuel Masury and S. W. Hartshorn, and there posed for what has become one of the most celebrated literary portraits of the nineteenth century: the so-called “Ultima Thule” Daguerreotype. This 2.5” x 4” Carte de Visite Photograph is After that famous 1848 “Ultima Thule” Daguerreotype. It has the full correct, Photographic Print by Mathew B. Brady. Published by E. & H.T. Anthony, New York maker’s backstamp.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Photograph taken by Mathew Brady (1822-1896), with his 1861 copyright notice on the front. Published by Edward Anthony (1819-1888) of New York, who took ownership of Brady's negatives in the 1870s as payment for Brady's debts for supplies and equipment.

Late in life Brady liked to tell the tale of Poe coming into his New York studio to have his portrait taken not long before his death in 1849. Modern scholars dispute this claim, and it is apparent that this image of Poe published by Brady is a reversed copy of the 'Ultima Thule' daguerreotype taken in Providence at the studio of Samuel Masury and S.W. Hartshorn in November 1848. Thus it is most likely a photograph by Brady of an earlier daguerreotype.
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