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Abraham Lincoln

Fetter's Picture Gallery
Copy after
Unidentified Artist
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
c. 1860 (after c. 1858 original)
Ninth-plate ambrotype (copy plate)
Case Open: 7.3 x 12.4 cm (2 7/8 x 4 7/8")
Case Closed: 7.3 x 6.2 cm (2 7/8 x 2 7/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
Exhibition Label
Born Hardin County, Kentucky
In 1858, at the time of his fourth debate with Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln yielded to the request of Mrs. Harriet Chapman for a photographic portrait. When sending the resulting image to Chapman, who was his stepmother’s granddaughter, Lincoln noted, "This is not a very good-looking picture but it’s the best that could be produced from the poor subject." One of several contemporaneous copies of the original portrait, this laterally reversed ambrotype presents a mirror image of its subject, so that Lincoln’s distinctive mole appears on the left rather than the right side of his face.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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