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    Alexander Hesler and George B. Ayers Photograph of Abraham Lincoln. 21.25" x 28". A few penciled notations exist along the left and right edges, not affecting the image. Handwritten on the reverse in ink, "Copyright, 1902. George B. Ayers, Artist, Philadelphia, Print No. 10. January 1902." The top left corner has been bumped; a very small piece of that corner has detached. In late spring 1860, as Lincoln campaigned against his Republican opponent Stephen A. Douglas, Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler travelled to Springfield and photographed this portrait of a well-groomed and clean-shaven Lincoln, in contrast to photos of Lincoln taken two years earlier in which his hair appeared unkempt. (The presidential election of 1860 was one of the earliest to exploit photographs to familiarize the candidates.) In 1867, artist George Ayers purchased the image from Hesler.

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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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