[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC)

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.



Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865.


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



panamaus, Rah and 256 more people faved this
  • Jιℓℓ 6y

    Amazing photo.
    He's so handsome.
  • Jason Borneman 6y

    People.. if you want to leave a comment, leave it in the COMMENTS. DOn't just stick a 'note' somewhere on the picture itself for your comment. That is maddening.
  • elemenopea 6y

    he was so handsome. haha. i always think there is somewhat an air of mystery to lincoln..
  • candice kimchee 6y

    Happy birthday
  • Pegster22 6y

    He looks bored.............................
  • kraftibyotch 6y

    His eyes look intelligent, dignified and sad.
  • Aaron Kobilis 6y

    If only today's generation could have an ounce of his dignity, character and intelligence...
  • FloridaFliss 6y

    A truly great man... way ahead of his time...
  • Chris Norris 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a portraiture group called Verities and Balderdash, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Mark Z 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Tintypes, ambrotypes, Wet-plate Collodion photographs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • spelledwithaph 6y

    It is rare to see Lincoln without his famous beard.
  • yves 5y

    Lady Miss Louise.....Funny you say he looks like your dad,coincidently I was thinking the same for mine,and some of my brothers also LOL
  • Nam Le 5y

    Nice pic!!!!!!!!!
  • charlie1704 4y

    He is a fine gentleman of dignant and superb qualities. I can clearly see this in his eyes.
  • Tabbycat 4y

    U can clearly see he suffered from Marfan's Syndrom...
  • George 4y

    An important personality! His pose for that photograph and in general his body language in this significant photograph, reminds me of Obama.
  • Jim and Patti 3y

    I have never seen this photo before wow
  • Grabaclue 3y

    I have an original poster of this photo. Does anyone know what it might be worth? It has the name H.W. Rowland at the bottom right corner
  • yves 3y

    Grabaclue Posters aren`t worth much,probably a few bucks,but if you would have a carte de visite,they are worth anywhere from $10 to a few hundred,check out CDV`s on ebay,at the same time search to see if anyone else has the same poster,good luck !
  • PhotoBeautyArtist 1y

    He was very rugged and handsome here.
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