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    Abraham Lincoln: An Important Oil Portrait from Fort Abraham Lincoln, Custer's Base of Operation in Dakota Territory. What an amazing artifact! The overwhelming likelihood is that this painting was first displayed in 1872, the year the Fort was named after the late president who was still being deeply mourned, or possibly in 1873 when the Fort was expanded to accommodate the headquarters of the 7th Cavalry. A 3" x 1.375" sticker on the back reads: "U.S. ARMY PROPERTY/ Unit/ C.O. Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Terr." The painting was most probably deaccessioned when the Fort was closed in 1891.

    While our research has thus far failed to turn up any specific reference to how this portrait was displayed at Fort Lincoln, it was doubtless in some prominent location, such as the ballroom or post headquarters. Given the likely timeline, it was almost certainly there when Custer commanded the Fort.

    The painting is in very good display condition. A couple of fine tears in the canvas have been professionally restored, and there has been a minimal amount of inpainting of several tiny paint flakes. The surface exhibits some of the surface craquelure usually found on an oil painting of this vintage. The sticker is clearly original to the piece, exhibiting some moisture effect and general soiling and aging. But it is still clearly readable. The gold-leaf frame is clearly original and has a very good overall appearance, with an old and rather crude restoration of damage to the top. The painting itself measures 30" x 26", the frame 48" x 31".

    Due to a computer error when this auction was posted on our web site, some clients were inadvertently able to place bids at below the established minimum bids published in the catalog. This has been corrected, and the minimum required bid now posted above either reflects that required opening bid or bidding action at or above the starting bid.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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