1. Creator/Author:
  2. William Edgar Marshall (21)

Abraham Lincoln

Creator:
William Edgar Marshall
Location:
Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston
Origin Date:
1866
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 34 1/4 in x 28 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0244
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This engraving depicts a bearded Abraham Lincoln seated facing the viewer's right. He wears a dark jacket, white shirt, and bow tie. The portrait is surrounded by a printed ovular frame. The title and artist's signature are printed below the image. 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.