No, not the poet. This Lermontov.
The Library of Congress’s notation at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014712606/ (George Grantham Bain collection) indicates that the image is undated, but a date marked on the negative is July 25, 1927.
The other day I posted this portrait to my Tumblr over a caption by Emily Dickinson: “I see thee better in the dark.”
Instantly the likes and reblogs began pouring in, and by the time the flood let up there were 255 of them.
Last night I posted this portrait over a caption by Edgar Allan Poe: “How statue-like I see thee stand, / The agate lamp within thy hand!”
Total number of likes and reblogs as of late this morning: 2.
The Open Culture blogpost “Virginia Woolf’s Personal Photo Album Digitized & Put Online by Harvard,”
links to Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Monk’s House album 4, dated 1939 but containing items from earlier and later. Online, one undated page from the album looks like this.
Here’s a Photoshopped detail.