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Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

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William Pate & Co. of New York published this portrait of Lincoln in 1869. The engraver, Henry Gugler, is best known for his bank-note work. Although the copyright notice below the print indicates the source as an original painting by J. H. Littlefield, who was once a clerk in Lincoln's law office, the image was based on a photograph made in the Mathew Brady studio in 1864. Perhaps Littlefield made a painting after the photograph that Gugler then engraved. The Brady studio photograph of Lincoln also served as the model for the engraving that appeared on the five-dollar bill and for other portrait prints.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
Gugler, Henry
original artist
Littlefield, J. H.
artist attribution
Brady, Mathew B.
William Pate & Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 75.5 cm x 59 cm; 29 3/4 in x 23 1/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
J. W. Osborne
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Abraham Lincoln
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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