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    1866 Photograph "Death-Bed of Lincoln, April 15, 1865" From a Painting by John Littlefield. Image size 18.5" x 11.5", framed and matted to an overall size of 22" x 17.75", photograph by John Goldin, printed by William Terry, Washington, 1866, on a printed mount. John Littlefield began studying law under Lincoln in 1858, having previously been a design painter in the carriage trade. After Lincoln's nomination he tirelessly stumped for his mentor, making over 60 speeches on his behalf. In 1862 Lincoln rewarded Littlefield by giving him a place in the Treasury Department. After Lincoln's assassination he conceived the idea of painting a death-bed scene which he completed and copyrighted in 1865. Littlefield painted each of the 25 eyewitnesses in the room from existing photographs. This certainly accounts for the degree of realism in this mainly contrived tableau. The photograph is in very good condition with a light crease near the center of the image. The white margins surrounding the photograph are slightly soiled and there are three small areas where the top layer of paper has been scuffed. The modern wooden from has separated from the backing but can easily be repaired.

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    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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