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    Abraham Lincoln: Mammoth Albumen Photograph. A 15.5" x 19" image of a relaxed Lincoln, legs crossed, with one arm resting on a book, listed in Charles Hamilton and Lloyd Ostendorf's standard reference as O-74. The photographer was Alexander Gardner who took this and five other portraits at his Washington, D.C. studio on Sunday afternoon, August 9, 1863. Lincoln agreed to be Gardner's first sitter at the new studio and made good on his word, accompanied by private secretary John Hay. Sunday was chosen in order to avoid "curiosity seekers and other seekers". The albumen is mounted on board covered or sealed on the verso with brown paper. The image is a deep sepia tone. Hand-coloring is restricted to one cuff of the president's shirt, painted white. There are a few surface abrasions with scattered chipping to the edges. There is a light area of discoloration in the central area with a darker stain at Lincoln's elbow. Skillful matting should minimize the perimeter defects. The overall presentation is quite pleasing. This is a scarce image in any format, but prohibitive in the mammoth size. We are aware of only two auction appearances: the Ostendorf example on original photographer's mount selling at Bonham's for $85,000 in November 2004 and reselling at Christie's in 2009 for $62,500.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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