Whitman admired the effect of this photograph by George Cox, calling it The Laughing Philosopher. He sent a copy to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of England, who responded that he "liked it much—oh! so much."


  • Title: Walt Whitman
  • Creator: George C. Cox
  • Date Created: 1887
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.4 x h22.1 cm (Image)
  • Type: Platinum print
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Feinberg
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/portraits
  • Classification: Photograph

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