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Prints of Abraham Lincoln


After Brady. "Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States. No. 29" [no beard]. New York: Frank Leslies Illustrated Weekly, October, 1860. 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 (image). Wood engraving by Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning. Partial hand color. 1/4 of image at top has been trimmed and professionally conserved and remargined. Full figure of Lincoln is depicted. Else, very good condition.

A print after a famous portrait of Lincoln after a photograph by Mathew Brady, taken the day Lincoln delivered his Cooper Institute address. The pose has come to be known as the "Cooper Institute" photograph. A clean shaven Lincoln stands by a window with his hand resting upon a stack of books on a table. $475

"Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States." Hartford, CT: E.S &Amp; E.C. Kellogg, ca. 1860. 11 x 8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An early lithograph of a beardless Lincoln issued in 1860 by the Kellogg brothers. During the nineteenth century, lithographic publishers such as Currier & Ives, from New York and the Kellogg firm, from Hartford, issued thousands of images in separately issued prints. These prints were intended as frameable art for the American people. The wonderful perspective on the myriad subjects which these images depict offers us a unique look through the eyes of that earlier time. Very few prints of Lincoln without his beard were issued. $1,800

Buttre:  Lincoln
"Abraham Lincoln." New York, 1861. 19 x 14 (sight). Steel engraving originally created by John C. Buttre, but a changed third state. Third state; re: Milton Kaplan, "Heads of State." Winterthur Portfolio 6 (1970): 136-7. Trimmed to image. Professionally conserved. Strong impression. Framed.

A full length portrait of Abraham Lincoln in an elegant setting that suggests the White House in Washington. The president is framed by the pillar of strength and the curtain of elegance, while his table contains books, a lamp and a paper. A very elegant chair surmounted by an eagle is behind Lincoln.

Upon closer inspection a nimbus surrounds both the president's head and the lamp from an earlier use of the steel plate. In 1859 the plate had been used to print portraits of John C. Fremont when he was running for the office of president for the second time as a Republican. On the table was a globe. When Lincoln gained the nomination in 1860 the plate was reused by burnishing out the head of Fremont and changing the globe to a reading lamp. At first Lincoln appeared clean shaven in the second state, and soon thereafter the third state was created when the beard was added. $850

Lincoln Caricatures
LINCOLN and HIS CONTEMPORARIES IN CARICATURE. Sixteen folio leaves titled The Funniest of Awl and the Phunnyest sort of PHUN. A newspaper printed and sold in New York by The Great American News Company at 121 Nassau Street. June, 1864. Sheets 17 x 11 with distressed edges but full margins. Expected wear. A scarce piece. Reference: See Gary L. Bunker. From Rail-Splitter to Icon. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2001.

In 1864, the nation was in the midst of civil war and in the midst of a presidential campaign. Publisher N. Jennings Demorest and Editor Frank Bellew undertook a new satirical publication which lasted for about three years. English immigrant Bellew (1828-1888) wrote the text, while he and Ohioan Frank Beard provided the illustrations.

In this inaugural issue, twenty-two (22) caricatures and extensive text illustrate social movements of the times. Some of the more important caricatures are:


Brady: Lincoln
"Abraham Lincoln. 16th. President of the United States." Credits read, "Photo by Brady" and "Engraved by A. H. Ritchie." Steel engraving. 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 (sight) in archival mat in frame 26 x 22. New York: Derby & Miller, 1864-65. Some slight spotting throughout.

A very strong, patriotic image of Abraham Lincoln emerged at the time of and with the spirit of commitment to the Emancipation Proclamation. When Francis Carpenter was creating his painting and next his engraving of "The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation," participants such as Matthew Brady and Alexander H. Ritchie were committed to that publication as well as this portrait of the president. Associate publishers credited on this print were J.A. Elliot in Boston and George & C.W. Sherwood in Chicago. All three were celebrating Lincoln's accomplishment, and the steel plate survived to later reflect his dignity and fame. $1,200

Sartain: Lincoln
After photograph from life. [Abraham Lincoln. Sixteenth President Of The United States.] Philadelphia: Bradley & Co., 1865. 10 1/2 x 8 7/8. Mezzotint by John Sartain. Trimmed margins. Very good condition.

A strong mezzotint by John Sartain of a bust portrait of Lincoln. John Sartain has been called the 'father of mezzotint engraving' in the U.S., and this print is an excellent example of his work. Sartain based his print on an 1864 photograph by Brady, and the quality of his work enhances this classic image. $575

Lincoln oval portrait
"A. Lincoln." Lithographed portrait surmounting a facsimile autograph in a large oval. 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 (sight) after a photograph. Oval trimmed 1/4" beyond the remaining paper. Clean, bright, strong portrait. No references found.

This portrait is based on the 1864 photograph by Anthony Berger done in Brady's studio. It is a large print and one of the most neat in the depiction of Lincoln's hair and clothing of all that we have examined. No hint of the backwoods rail-splitter is here. Rather the image is of a strong and serious man with a mature beard and more hair than any other. The print fits with the message of victory approaching for the North in the Civil War, and it would have been welcomed for those mourning after Lincoln's assassination.

Almost all oval portraits such as this would have been framed. Given the destructive materials used and climate in most homes, the fact that few of this printing are available is no surprise. $750

"Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States. Born February 12, 1809. Died April 15, 1865." Stone lithograph. Bust portrait in oval with signature beneath reading, "A. Lincoln." 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 (image). Full margins.

A fine, strong image; probably printed within the year 1865. $825

"Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States. Born Feby. 12th. 1809. Died April 15th. 1865." New York: Kimmel & Forster, ca. 1865. Lithograph. 12 x 8 1/2 (sheet). Excellent condition.

A stately memorial print to the assassinated President, issued shortly after his death on April 15th, 1865. Lincoln is shown in a rectangular bust portrait. He is handsome, strong and wears an elegant vest. An example of the type of print based on Francis Carpenter's original that would have hung in many homes of grieving Americans. $550

F. Schell. "Lincoln Family." Philadelphia: John Dainty, [ca. 1865 ff.]. Steel engraving by A.B. Walter. 8 1/4 x 6 (oval image) plus margins. Slight age toning. Cleaned and deacidified. In original, very well preserved oval frame.

Although not giving proper credit, this picture is inspired by Matthew Brady's famous portrait of President Lincoln reading to Tad. Added to the print is Mary Todd Lincoln and son Robert behind the president who is reading a Bible. We can assume it is a Bible because the clasps on the back cover represent a typical housing for the times. A portrait of the son, Willie, who died in the White House is on the far wall. A lovely and touching print in a contemporary frame. $425

Lincoln Family
Ad. Biegemann. "Lincoln and His Family." Philadelphia: William Smith, ca. 1866. 18 x 24. Lithograph by D. Wiest. Very good condition. Holzer, et al., The Lincoln Image, Fig 87.

A very primitive rendering using the theme of Samuel Waugh's portrait of the Lincolns. The publisher wanted to take advantage of the demand for images of the President without investing in a first-hand rendering. Thus his artist based the image of Lincoln on a photograph of the President and Tad taken in 1865. The image was reversed for the print, but because Biegemann wanted to show all three of Lincoln's sons, including Willie who had died in 1862, the image of Tad from the photograph became Willie, and a figure of Tad as a younger boy was added. Robert is shown in uniform, even though he didn't join the army until after the death of his brother Willie, near whom Robert is standing. The heads and bodies of all the figures are out of scale with each other, and the setting is most awkward. That such a print could be produced and sold by a major publishing house is an interesting reflection on the print market of the time, and a strong indication of the demand for images of Lincoln. $400

"The Lincoln Family." George Stimson: Portland, Maine, 1871. 17 x 24 1/2 (image plus margins). Lithograph. Several tears into image expertly repaired. Print has been professionally conserved. Else, good to very good condition.

This print is an exact copy, but in reverse, of Samuel Waugh's well known earlier executed image of the Lincoln family. Lincoln is shown with his two sons and wife surrounded by elegant furnishings of the White House. The family is grouped around a covered table, upon which lie two books, including the Bible. Lincoln and Tad sit to the right and above Lincoln's right shoulder is a bust of George Washington, linking the martyred president with the 'father of the nation.' Outside the draped window is the outline of the Capitol dome, completed during Lincoln's terms. Mary Lincoln sits to the left and Robert stands in the center between his parents. Over Robert's shoulder is a portrait of William Lincoln, who had died in 1862. The use of clever symbolic lighting and artifacts, which was characteristic of portrait painting at this time. One such symbol shows a collection of flowers in a vase which contains the Roses of the North, and the Small Magnolia, Sweet Clematis, and Virginia Creeper of the South all intertwined in harmony, emblematic of the friendly feeling that should exist between the people of the North and South. $550

"Lincoln and Family." Chicago: Kurz & Allison's Art Studio, ca. 1885. 16 1/4 x 23. Lithograph. Very good condition.

The Chicago firm of Kurz & Allison is well remembered for its production of commemorative prints using the latest technological advances. Founded in 1885, their avowed purpose was to design "for large scale establishments of all kinds, and in originating and placing on the market artistic and fancy prints of the most elaborate workmanship." Elaborate they certainly were, and they well represented the artistic taste of their period. Many of the prints from the firm were of the Civil War, but they included other scenes of American history and a few portraits such as this print showing Lincoln. $375

[Lincoln]. With birth, death, and inauguration dates. Facsimile inscription and signature below image. Photograph of lithograph. $125

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