LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.
Photograph Signed ("A. Lincoln"), albumen print carte-de-visite, seated portrait by Alexander Gardner, August 9, 1863, Washington, D.C., with "Gardner / Corner 7th & D Sts / Washington / D.C." imprint to verso, corners rounded, image darkened within old frame marks, old ownership mark obscured on verso.
Provenance: estate of Jerome Shochet.
SIGNED PORTRAIT OF A STUDIOUS LINCOLN BY GARDNER. Book on the table beside him, spectacles in one hand and broadsheet in the other, President Lincoln looks up from his reading for this charismatic portrait by Gardner, one of a series of six taken the day before the opening of Gardner's new gallery. "Lincoln's secretary, John Hay, wrote in his diary of this sitting: 'I went down with the President to have his picture taken at Gardner's. He was in very good spirits'" (Hamilton & Ostendorf 0-72).