My Servant Brigham: Portrait of a Prophet

“The heart of this book is the images,” assert the authors of this brief but attractive volume. Providing “some lesser-known word pictures and visual images, photographs, and artifacts” from the life and world of Brigham Young, this work skillfully weaves together a well-documented running text with visual images, often ingeniously utilizing images as text.

Many images are seen here in print for the first time, such as the handsome portrait of Brigham Young featured on the cover (also 107). Rare views were dug out of nineteenth-century national copy, the Library of Congress, or private hands. there are no earth-shattering discoveries—no long-hoped-for photograph of Brother Brigham out among his people—but even the expert will learn something new from this collection. In particular, images of Brigham Young’s carriage, his death mask, and a document listing the measurement of his physical lineaments (120, 141, 142) will interest both scholar and layman alike. Scholars will benefit from corrections and clarifications on the dating of portraits and will puzzle over an image purported to be a fragment of Brigham Young’s original membership certificate (59), dating his baptism to April 9, 1832, five days earlier than his own recollected date of April 14.

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