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Abraham Lincoln

Carte de Visite - 1861

A wonderful carte de visite of President-elect Abraham Lincoln, O-51 "Ink Well" from the famous series of five photographs taken at Lincoln's first sitting in Washington by Alexander Gardner, in Mathew Brady's National Portrait Gallery on Sunday, February 24, 1861. This stunning CDV is on a gold-ruled card and exhibits rich tone and contrast, with ink notations on recto and pencil notations on verso (none in Lincoln's hand). Lincoln possesses what his private secretary, John Nicolay, referred to as the President exhibiting "that serious far-away look", as if he were lost in thought. Anthony/Brady imprint, full board, only the lightest hint of age. A great example of this famous portrait, and quite desirable.

Among Gardner's photographs of Abraham Lincoln were the last to be taken of the President, four days before his assassination.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate.


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