April 19, 2007

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Philadelphia


47. Taken by Frederick De Bourg Richards in Philadelphia on February 22, 1861. A third view of the same scene.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Philadelphia




46. Taken by Frederick De Bourg Richards in Philadelphia on February 22, 1861. Another shot of the same scene. Note the people at left who had climbed a tree to get a better view. Lincoln stands in the center of the picture, looking to his left, while Tad stands to Lincoln's left leaning on the railing just above the far right star on the flag.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Philadelphia


45. One of three photographs (see #46-47) taken by Frederick De Bourg Richards in Philadelphia on February 22, 1861. Lincoln’s journey from Springfield to Washington took a somewhat circuitous route. Lincoln is seen here outside of Independence Hall on George Washington’s birthday, just after sunrise, participating in a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the recent admission of Kansas into the Union.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Springfield


44. Taken by Christopher S. German in Springfield, IL on February 9, 1861.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Springfield


43. The first of two photographs (see #44) taken by Christopher S. German in Springfield, IL on February 9, 1861, two days before Lincoln left Springfield for Washington DC.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1861 - Springfield


42. Taken by Christopher S. German in Springfield, IL on January 13, 1861. The photo was taken at the request of sculptor Thomas Jones, who came to Springfield to make a bust of Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln - November 1860 - Chicago


41. Taken by Samuel G. Alschuler in Chicago, IL on November 25, 1860. This is the first photograph that shows Lincoln wearing a beard.

April 17, 2007

Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - Springfield




40. The second Whipple photograph taken during the summer of 1860. Here Tad can be better seen, as he climbs the post. The blurry little boy standing on the sidewalk is Isaac Diller, a friend of the Lincoln boys.

Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - Springfield




39. The first of two photographs (see #40) taken by John Adams Whipple of Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL during the summer of 1860. Lincoln stands on the porch behind the railing with his son Willie. His younger son, Tad, who has seven at the time, can barely be seen peeking out behind the post at Willie’s left.

Abraham Lincoln - August 1860 - Springfield


38. Taken by Preston Butler in Springfield, IL on August 13, 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - August 1860 - Springfield


37. Taken by Preston Butler in Springfield, IL on August 13, 1860. This is one of two photos of Lincoln taken by Butler for use by portrait painter John Henry Brown (see #38).

Abraham Lincoln - 1860


36. Photographer and place unknown, taken in 1860. Though author and Lincoln scholar Ida Tarbell published several Lincoln photographs she owned during her lifetime, she never published this one. It was found among her papers after her death.

Abraham Lincoln - August 1860 - Springfield




35. Taken by William Shaw in Springfield, IL on August 8, 1860. Lincoln stands on the front porch of his Springfield home, surrounded by well-wishers. Lincoln is standing just to the right of the front door, wearing a white suit; his wife Mary is at the far left first floor window, his son Willie in second from left second floor window.

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Chicago


34. Taken by either William Shaw or Samuel Fassett in Chicago, IL in June 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - 1860


33. Photographer and place unknown, taken in 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - 1860


32. Photographer and place unknown, taken in 1860. This photograph was taken for sculptor Henry Kirke Brown, among whose effects it was found after his death in 1931.

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


31. Taken by William S. Seavey in Springfield, IL in June 1860. Only one print of this image remains; the negatives and all other prints were lost when Seavey's Gallery burned to the ground.

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


30. Taken by Alexander Hesler in Springfield, IL on June 3, 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


29. Taken by Alexander Hesler in Springfield, IL on June 3, 1860. Lincoln said of this photograph, “That picture gives a very fair representation of my homely face.”

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


28. Taken by Alexander Hesler in Springfield, IL on June 3, 1860. This was Lincoln's favorite image of himself: “It looks better and expresses me better than any I have ever seen.”

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


27. Taken by Alexander Hesler in Springfield, IL on June 3, 1860. Two weeks after Lincoln's nomination, Hesler traveled from Chicago to Springfield to take this series of four photographs (see #28-30). Lincoln, a notoriously sloppy dresser, got "dressed up" for this sitting. When Mary Lincoln saw this photo she was amazed at the likeness and exclaimed, "Yes, that is Mr. Lincoln. It is exactly like him."

Abraham Lincoln - June 1860 - Springfield


26. Taken by Joseph Hill in Springfield, IL in June 1860. Hill took four photographs of Lincoln in this sitting, but a fire destroyed all the negatives of most of the prints. This is the only on that remains.

Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - Springfield

25. Taken by William Marsh in Springfield, IL some time around the time he took the four photos above.

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Springfield


24. Taken by William Marsh in Springfield, IL on May 24, 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Springfield


23. Taken by William Marsh in Springfield, IL on May 24, 1860.

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Springfield


22. Taken by William Marsh in Springfield, IL on May 20, 1860. Note how Lincoln’s hair is more kempt here that in the previous photo.

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Springfield


21. Taken by William Marsh in Springfield, IL on May 20, 1860, just after Lincoln's nomination as the Republican candidate for president. This is the first in a series of four photographs Marsh took of Lincoln on May 20 and May 24 (see #22-24).

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Decatur


20. Taken by Edward A. Barnwell in Decatur, IL on May 9, 1860. Note the spectacle cord extending into Lincoln's inside jacket pocket. Lincoln wore reading glasses for many years. He can be seen holding them in several photographs (see #71 and #109), but there is only one photograph of him wearing glasses (see #93). When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of glasses and a chamois cloth lens polisher.

Abraham Lincoln - 1860 - Chicago


19. Photographer unknown, presumably taken in Chicago in 1860.

April 16, 2007

Abraham Lincoln - February 1860 - New York City


18. Taken by Mathew Brady in New York City on February 27, 1860. This was the first of many photographs of Lincoln taken by Brady (or by one of Brady's assistants). This is known as the "Cooper Union Photograph" as it was taken on the morning of the day Lincoln would deliver his famous address at New York City's Cooper Union. Lincoln asserted that the speech – and this portrait – propelled him into the national spotlight and paved the way for his nomination for president a few months later. (For more on the speech and this portrait, read Harold Holzer’s excellent book Lincoln at Cooper Union.)

Abraham Lincoln - October 1859 - Chicago


17. Taken by Samuel M. Fassett in Chicago, IL on October 4, 1859. Mary Lincoln described it as the best likeness she has ever seen of her husband. The negative of this photo was destroyed in the Chicago Fire.

Abraham Lincoln - 1858 or 1859


16. Photographer and place unknown, presumably taken in 1858 or 1959.

Abraham Lincoln - 1858


15. Photographer and place unknown, presumably taken in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - 1858 - Springfield


14. Believed to have been taken by Roderick Cole in Springfield, IL some time in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - 1858


13. Photographer and place unknown, presumably taken in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - 1858


12. Photographer and place unknown, presumably taken in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - October 1858 - Monmouth


11. Taken by William Judkins Thomson in Monmouth, IL on October 11, 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - October 1858 - Pittsfield


10. Taken by Calvin Jackson in Pittsfield, IL on October 1, 1858. This photo was taken between the 4th and 5th Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Abraham Lincoln - September 1858 - Springfield

9. Taken, it is assumed, by Christopher S. German in Springfield, IL on September 23, 1858. Lincoln said of this photograph, "This is not a very good-looking picture, but it's the best that could be produced from the poor subject."

Abraham Lincoln - August 1858 - Macomb, IL


8. Taken by T.P. Pearson in Macomb, IL on August 26, 1858. This photo was taken five days after the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Abraham Lincoln - July 1858 - Springfield


7. Taken by Preston Butler in Springfield, IL on July 18, 1858.

Abraham Lincoln - May 1858 - Beardstown, IL


6. Taken by Abraham M. Byers in Beardstown, IL on May 7, 1858. Lincoln was in Beardstown to defend Duff Armstrong, the son of his friend Jack Armstrong, who was accused of murder. The prosecution’s case rested on the testimony of an eyewitness, who claimed to have seen Armstrong commit the murder. Lincoln produced an almanac that showed that the murder was committed on a moonless night, and the witness couldn’t have seen what occurred. The jury promptly acquitted Armstrong of all charges.

Abraham Lincoln - April 1858 - Urbana, IL


5. Taken by Samuel G. Alschuler in Urbana, IL on April 25, 1858. Lincoln is wearing a velvet jacket lent to him by photographer. Lincoln would be photographed by Alschuler two years later (see # 41) – in the first photograph showing his newly grown beard.

Abraham Lincoln - Mary 1857 - Danville, IL


4. Taken by Amon T. Joslin in Danville, IL on May 27, 1857.

Abraham Lincoln - February 1857 - Chicago


3. Taken by Alexander Hesler in Chicago, IL on February 28, 1857. Lincoln thought this likeness "a very true one, though my wife and many others do not." He deliberately mussed up his hair because, he thought, people who knew him wouldn't recognize him with neatly combed hair. Hesler would journey to Springfield three years later to take a famous series of pictures of the newly nominated Republican presidential candidate.

Abraham Lincoln - October 1854 - Chicago


2. Taken by J.C.F. Polycarp von Schneidau in Chicago, IL on October 27, 1854. Lincoln is holding a copy of the German anti-slavery newspaper “Staat Zeitung.”