Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Henry F. Warren
Albumen silver print

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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“Now bring out your father and I will make a picture of him . . .”


Photographer Henry F. Warren got this shot of the president by taking some candid pictures of Tad Lincoln riding his pony. When Warren delivered the prints to the White House on March 6, 1865, he asked Tad to go get his father so he could take the president’s picture. Lincoln obliged, bringing a chair out onto the south balcony for the sitting, but was not pleased with how the photographer had ambushed him. Lincoln looks very severe in what was to be the last photograph taken of him.

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