Gansevoort-Lansing Collection

The last known image of Herman Melville

Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, has a heavy beard in this portrait from 1885. The image is from the Gansevoort-Lansing Collection at the New York Public Library. The collection "consists chiefly of papers of members of the Gansevoort, Lansing and Melville families and reflects the social, business, and political interests of the families, their friends and associates." Wikipedia calls this "the last known image of Melville," who died in 1891. Herman Melville was born in 1819, so he turned 66 the year this photo was taken.

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