Artwork of Joseph Smith from Life

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1842 Sketch of JSjr.HEIC

Unknown Artist, July 1842

Left image I found in a book, "Joseph Smith Portraits, A Search for Joseph's Likeness",  by Ephraim Hatch; it is from an unknown artist, however, the date of July 1842 suggests that it is from life. This image is showing just Joseph Smith's left profile, thus his left eyebrow is shown, something that I was excited to find, as it is curious whether art showed a similar thinner, SHORTER left eyebrow, the similarities to 1840s Illinois Man's left eyebrow is uncanny, the sharp line just at the top and bottom and ending before the edge of his eye.

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Above is 1840s Illinois Man's left eyebrow highlighted, the similarities are evident: the left side of his hair is brushed straight forward, and both have LONG eyelashes. 

Sutcliffe Maudsley, B&W of his 1842 Painting 

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Left is a profile portrait of Joseph Smith, by Sutcliffe Maudsley, showing his right profile, and thus his right eyebrow is visible. I can see clearly his long eyelashes, thicker right eyebrow, than his left, and the line dragging upward from the corner of his right eye. 

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Above is 1840s Illinois Guy, with his thicker right eyebrow, the goes higher up, and thickens towards the outer edge, note the matching upward line of his right brow, swooping in a unique curve upward.

Bathsheba Smith Sketch

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Bathsheba Smith was not as skill as artist as Maudsley, yet she was quite good compared to the average person and has some skill, capturing details, interestingly I notice his left ear seems to droop. My mother and I noticed this in my CDV, wondering if that was the ear his mother pulled on if he was a "bad boy", growing up? Or, he made fun of his own ears and pulled on his left ear to be funny? Either way, in my CDV, below, his left ear is not level with his right, and is a longer lobe. 

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Sutcliffe Maudsley Sketch

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Above is another comparison, I did a few year ago, with a Maudsley sketch, where I am highlighting various similar wrinkles, facial features. Red line shows the matching straight angle of his thick brows, that both angle down. The Purple line shows the already mentioned "swoop", barely visible- but in green is a deep wrinkle coming downward from the corner of their right eyes, in blue is a matching deep mid eye wrinkle, in yellow is a curved wrinkle coming from the same location, and in orange is the lines showing marionette wrinkles, that start and end in similar locations. 

David Rogers Painting 1842

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David Roger's painting above has been photographed, by Joseph Smith III, then copied to the March 1910 Salt Lake Tribune, and although missing fine details, it highlights the shape of Joseph Smith's face, very high cheekbones, narrow jawline, honestly this version is almost the most attractive versions of this painting, appearing realist, the nose appears more normal, as does his mouth, showing the tubercle is thicker in the middle and dramatically curves upward toward the corners of his mouth. NOTE- his eyebrows are not thin at all. 

David Rogers, Profile Painting

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The painting above is hung in the Beehive House, where Brigham Young resided, and was said to have been done by David Rogers, as well. Considering the four days Joseph spent with Rogers, it is likely he could have done a forward facing and a profile painting. This painting, however, shows different hairstyle, instead of a brushed backwards, the hair is brushed forward and flipped up right on his forehead, showing his hairline is mid-ear, just like in my CDV. Someone likely took a hair of scissors to Joseph's hairline, is my belief (leading to the thick tuft of hair that seems to be blunt cut and coming towards you, and somewhat on a part). 

The Duplicate Oil Painting, by Victor Kress

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The above oil painting, by Victor Kress, is housed in the Iowa Historical Society (just as Joseph Smith III mentioned in his letter to the Salt Lake Tribune, clearly he was very proud of it, as he said that it was based on two things, the David Rogers 1842 painting and the daguerreotype, in his possession); although it was not from life, it is from a life painting and a life- daguerreotype, so it is of great importance to also use for comparison. Joseph Smith III was seeking for a more authentic image of his father, asymmetry and all. I point out several similarities, above. Firstly, the right eyebrow is pretty thick, the shapes are almost exactly the same thickness, narrowing towards the inner eye, with some of his brow bone, possibly a scar caused hair to not grow in this exact spot on his right eyebrow. The shape of their left eyes are uniquely the same, a sharp curve, and only on this duplicate oil painting do I see a hint of a scar, or line coming down from the corner of the two men's left eye. The biggest evidence that Joseph Smith III had a real daguerreotype of his father, is THIS painting.