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Abraham Lincoln

Anthony Berger, active 1860s
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Chicago Albumen Works
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
February 9, 1864 (printed 1982)
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 8.9 × 6 cm (3 1/2 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 14.2 × 9.4 cm (5 9/16 × 3 11/16")
Mat: 35.6 × 28.1 cm (14 × 11 1/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
Exhibition Label
The penny image
This is one of a series of profile portraits taken by Anthony Berger during the trying winter of 1864. (The image was used for the new penny coin design in 1909.) The Union victory at Gettysburg had not been followed up, and the high-flown ideals of the Gettysburg Address seemed unattainable, especially with the armies bogged down in stalemate. Lincoln faced attacks from both radicals and conservatives on the issue of civil rights for freedmen and the terms to be imposed on the defeated Confederacy. Politically, he faced a serious challenge to his renomination, as anti-Lincoln Republicans considered the presidential candidacy of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. The Chase boomlet quickly collapsed because of Chase's political ineptitude, but Lincoln was not reassured. In March he divulged, "I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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