1. Creator/Author:
  2. E. H. Brown (2)

Abraham Lincoln from a Photograph by Hesler, Issued for the 1860 Republican National Convention

Creator:
E. H. Brown
Location:
Illinois, Cook County, Chicago
Origin Date:
1860
Materials:
paper, print
Measurements:
overall: 16 in x 12 1/4 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0197
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This first editioin woodcut print by E.H. Brown is based on an 1857 photograph taken by Alexander Hesler of Abraham Lincoln and is rendered in blue ink. The subject is depicted in profile, turned toward the viewer's right. He is clean shaven with rumpled hair. The portrait is encircled by a decorative ovular frame with flags crossed at the top. This was the first mass-produced image of Lincoln, printed for the 1860 Republican National Convention, held at the Wigwam meeting hall. The identification of the print is written by John G. Nicolay, Lincoln's private secretary. The script reads: "The above was circulated in Chicago on the day of Lincoln's first nomination for president." The title is printed below the woodcut: "Abraham Lincoln from a Photograph by Hesler." It is known as the "Wigwam Print." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum.