Monday, August 19, 2013

Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait

A Daguerreotype photo of Abraham Lincom as a young man found via the Flickr blog Daguerreotype anniversary: Invention of photography.

Via Flickr:
Shepherd, Nicholas H., photographer.

[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front]

[Springfield, Ill., 1846 or 1847]

1 photograph : quarter plate daguerreotype ; plate 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.

This daguerreotype is the earliest-known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken at age 37 when he was a frontier lawyer in Springfield and Congressman-elect from Illinois. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 4)

Attributed to Nicholas H. Shepherd, based on the recollections of Gibson W. Harris, a law student in Lincoln's office from 1845 to 1847. (Source: Gibson William Harris, "My Recollections of Abraham Lincoln," Women's Home Companion (November 1903), 9-11.) Robert Lincoln, son of the President, thought the photo was made in either St. Louis or Washington during his father's term in Congress.

Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 4-5.

Title devised by Library staff.
Gift; Mary Lincoln Isham; 1937.
Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress).

Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865.

Format: Portrait photographs--1840-1850.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress) (DLC) 95861318

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Call Number: DAG no. 1224