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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 28 April 1999, lot 16

  • Catalogue Essay

    The photograph offered here is a rare early Lincoln portrait made at the request of sculptor Thomas D. Jones as reference for a sculpted bust of the newly-elected president. It is distinguished by the fact that it is on Christopher German’s original printed mount and bears a Civil War-era tax revenue stamp on the reverse. German’s stamp is dated 23 April 1865, nine days after Lincoln’s assassination. A period portrait of Lincoln with such full documentation is exceptional. At the time of its purchase in 1999, Lincoln expert Lloyd Ostendorf knew of no other example of this image with the photographer’s imprint and a tax revenue stamp.


Portrait of Lincoln

Oval albumen print, printed no later than 1865.
8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm)
'Photographed by C.S. German, National Gallery, West Side Square, Springfield, Ill.' printed on the gilt-ruled mount; credit and date stamp and tax revenue stamp affixed to the reverse of the mount.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $6,875

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