LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Carte-de-visite portrait photograph signed
"A. Lincoln" as President, Washington, DC, August 9, 1863. Albumen photograph, 2.5" x 3.5" including card backing, lower corners rounded, top edge trimmed, Gardener's backstamp on verso. Hamilton and Ostendorf,
Lincoln in Photographs: An Album o
f Every Known Pose, O-71B. Authenticated, slabbed, and graded Mint 9 by PSA. Sold for over $65,000 at Christie's in 2004.
On Thursday, August 6, in accordance with a proclamation issued by Lincoln, a day of thanksgiving and prayer was observed throughout the North in the wake of recent important Union military successes at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. In this well-known portrait by Gardner, Lincoln is seated at an ornate circular table, his legs crossed, holding a newspaper in his left hand, his reading glasses in his right. His expression - especially in the lines about his mouth - is resolute and determined. According to John Hay, who accompanied the President to Gardner's studio, Lincoln "was in very good spirits" that day. The images of Lincoln by Gardner that day are the first photographs taken in Gardner's new studio. Lincoln had promised Gardner to be the first to sit for a portrait, and decided on a Sunday visit, in order to avoid curiosity seekers and onlookers in the streets of the capital.
Ex-Shapell Manuscript Foundation, Ex-Christie's.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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