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One of just a few known images of Emily Dickinson, this silhouette was executed in 1845 by Charles Temple, “a native of Smyrna” and French teacher for a time at Amherst Academy. Dickinson was fourteen and nearing the end of her studies at the Academy.

Courtesy of Amherst College Archives & Special Collections

Black-framed cut silhouette of girl with bobbed hair, facing left. “Emily E. Dickinson” is written below in script.