Abraham Lincoln
Date 1861
Artist:Unknown
Dimensions Overall: 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (5.7 x 8.9 cm)
Medium Albumen print
Credit Line Gift of David L. Hack and Museum purchase, with funds from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., by exchange
Description The David L. Hack Civil War Photography Collection. A black and white photograph of Lincoln seen from the midsection up. He is facing the right area of the picture. He is wearing a suit and has his full beard. This is from _Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War_ (Hack Collection No. 2].
Exhibition History"Shooting Lincoln: Photography and the 16th President," Chrysler Museum of Art, February 10 - July 5, 2015.
Object Label Abraham Lincoln, 1861 American Albumen print (photograph) right Francis Hacker American, born ca. 1828 Early Home of Lincoln, 1865 Albumen print (photograph) Responding to public demand, many photographers printed images of the president and places associated with his life. Inexpensive carte-de-visite prints like those seen here were the most common. The portrait on the left was well known during Lincoln’s presidency and became the basis for many political cartoons. The card on the right shows a rough wooden cabin, purportedly one of Lincoln’s childhood homes in rural Kentucky or Indiana. After his death, such images helped mythologize Lincoln as a great leader of humble origins. Gift of David L. Hack and Museum purchase, with funds from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., by exchange 98.32.329 Museum purchase and gift of Reid Diggs, Jr. 90.195
Object Number 98.32.329