Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Description
Stephen J. Ferris, a Philadelphia painter and etcher, specialized in portraiture. He etched this portrait of Abraham Lincoln in 1881, noting in pencil at the lower right that this print was the earliest proof he took from the plate. Ferris etched many subjects for a variety of publications, including art periodicals and special editions of etchings. He made both original prints and reproductive etchings after works by other artists in other media.
This image, like several other portrait prints of Lincoln, is based on the popular photograph made by the Mathew Brady studio in 1864. Ferris collected prints and photographs to aid him in his work, and his print collection came to the Smithsonian as a gift from the Ferris family.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
Object Type
Etching
Date made
1881
depicted
Lincoln, Abraham
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 55 cm x 45 cm; 21 5/8 in x 17 11/16 in
ID Number
GA*14531
catalog number
14531
accession number
94830
subject
Art
Communications
Politics
Abraham Lincoln
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Abraham Lincoln
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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