For most of the period since his death in 1844, at the hands of a maniacal mob in Carthage, Illinois, there has been doubt about which portrait of Joseph Smith, first president and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, best represented his physical features. This work has attempted to accumulate as much information about his features as was available for the purpose of establishing the true image of the man. The discoveries made by this study are listed in the following discussion.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Art
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McCarl, William B., "The Visual Image of Joseph Smith" (1962). All Theses and Dissertations. 4923.
Joseph Smith, 1805-1844, Portraits