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Mormon founder's 34 wives move artist

Hairdresser and watercolourist Leslie Peterson holding one of the portraits of Joseph Smith's 34 wives, at the Writ & Vision gallery in Provo, Utah.

New York

IN Leslie O Peterson's mind, Fanny Alger's almond-shaped face, with its soulful green eyes and rosebud mouth, is framed by close-cropped brown hair and perched atop a long, slender neck. That's the way Peterson, a Utah artist, painted the 16-year-old Alger, who in the early 1830s