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[Portrait of the Master Morya]

by J.D. Buck

This brief account and the accompanying portrait is given in Jirah Dewey Buck's book titled Modern World Movements, Chicago, 1913, page 141 (portrait facing page 144).  J.D. Buck (1838-1916) was an early member of the Theosophical Society and worked very closely with W.Q. Judge.  For biographical information on him, see H.P. Blavatsky's Collected Writings, Volume 3, pp. 498-9.  For more information on this particular portrait, see Henry S. Olcott's account in Old Diary Leaves, Series One, Chapter XXIII, pp. 370-2.  Olcott describes this portrait as "the first portrait of my Guru, the one done in black and white crayons at New York by M. Harrisse."  J.D. Buck's account is as follows:

The portrait of a Master, herewith, seems interesting.

Nearly twenty years ago [1893?] an acquaintance at Jamestown, N.Y., showed me a photograph of this Master, accompanying one of H.P.B. which he had procured from a Photographer at Schenectady, N.Y., and he gave me the address of the artist.

I thereupon obtained some copies, after which he informed me that he had the original negative and that it was obtained from H.P.B. while she was a guest at his house, about 1876, or '77.

I bought the negative, because I disliked to see copies sold about the country indiscriminately.

Later, Mr. Judge told me that he was present at the Lamasery (as they called H.P.B.'s New York residence) when the artist drew this likeness on a piece of Manila paper, under H.P.B.'s telepathic gaze; thus conveying to the artist's vision the image of the reality in her own mind.

No one familiar with the pictures [of the Masters M. and K.H.], made in oil by another artist [Hermann Schmiechen] in London in the same way many years later [1884], will fail to note the resemblance. . . .

[BA Editor's Note:  For an account of the 1884 painting of the Schmiechen portrait of the Master Koot Hoomi, see Laura C. Holloway's testimony (13g) in the web version of my book The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky (published by The Theosophical Society, Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.A., 2000).]

Portrait of Master Morya
referred to in Dr. Buck's account

Portrait of Master Morya