Butler, Preston, photographer.
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front]
[Springfield, Ill., 1860 Aug. 13]
1 photograph : ambrotype ; plate 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.
Thought to be the last beardless portrait of Lincoln, this photo was "made for the portrait painter, John Henry Brown, noted for his miniatures in ivory. ... 'There are so many hard lines in his face,' wrote Brown in his diary, 'that it becomes a mask to the inner man. His true character only shines out when in an animated conversation, or when telling an amusing tale. ... He is said to be a homely man; I do not think so.'" (Source: Ostendorf, p. 62)
Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 62-63.
Title devised by Library staff.
Gift; A. Conger Goodyear; 1965.
Format: Portrait photographs--1860.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a10370
Call Number: LOT 12559, no. 3