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: 11 3/4 in x 8 7/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2801
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This first edition 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 patriotic ovular frame in blue ink 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 in Chicago, Illinois. The title is printed below the woodcut: "Abraham Lincoln from a Photograph by Hesler." A handwritten inscription in pencil states, "These prints were showered through the Wigwam immediately after Mr. Lincoln's nomination May 1860." It is known as a "Wigwam Print." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum.