1. Creator/Author:
  2. Ticknor & Fields (2)

Abraham Lincoln

William Edgar Marshall, Ticknor & Fields
Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
Origin Date:
overall: 18 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in
Item ID:
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
Fine Art


This portrait of President Abraham Lincoln was painted and engraved by William Edgar Marshall in 1866. In the engraving Lincoln is depicted facing toward the viewer's right. He wears a black coat and bow tie with a white shirt. His hair is cut long over the ears and brushed off the forehead. The background is black. An oval frame with leaves encircles the subject; his name is printed on a plaque below. For more information about this print, see "Lincoln Lore" number 591, August 5, 1940. Also see "The Lincoln Image" by Holzer, Boritt, and Neely, pages 211-214. The original Marshall engraving plate, also in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, used to make the prints is ID number 71.2009.082.0420. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum William Edgar Marshall (1837-1906) was born in New York. He began his career as an engraver by engraving decorative pocketwatch covers while still a teenager. Marshall studied in France during the Civil War and returned to the U. S. in 1865 after which he began his painting of Abraham Lincoln. The subsequent print adaptation of the painting published by Ticknor & Fields was very favorably regarded by critics as well as those who had known Lincoln.