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A. Lincoln

Creator:
J.C. Buttre
Location:
New York
Origin Date:
1830-1865
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 9 3/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.1574
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This engraving was done from a photograph of a beardless Abraham Lincoln taken by Mathew Brady on February 27, 1860, in New York a few hours before Lincoln gave his Cooper Union address. Buttre had engraved a plate showing a beardless Abraham Lincoln as he looked before his presidential election in November, 1860. Not long after the election, Lincoln began growing a beard. To save time and an engraving plate, Buttre added a beard to the original plate to update his Lincoln print. Lincoln is shown wearing a black frock coat, waistcoat, and bow tie. The cord of Lincoln's eyeglasses can be seen laying diagonally across his chest. There is a gray background that surrounds Lincoln. The engraving is pasted to a larger sheet in the center of a rectangular black line border. A facsimile of Lincoln's signature is printed beneath the image, with "President of the United States." just below it. The publication information is printed in a third line. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum