Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 63

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(PHOTOGRAPHY.) A carte-de-visite of Lincoln with the Emancipation Proclamation, said to be presented by him to a White House visitor. Albumen photograph, 3 1/2 x 2 inches, on photographer's printed mount with backstamp; moderate wear with minimal loss to corners of photograph, later inked stamps erased from verso; long early owner's inscription on verso, "Lincoln" added in modern pen. Washington: John Holyland, 1864

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A photograph of a painting of Lincoln standing in a garden, with his Emancipation Proclamation in hand. The face appears to be based on an 1864 Brady portrait (Ostendorf O-86). The inscription reads in full: "This photograph of President Lincoln was presented by the President himself to Mrs. S. P. Hamilton (now, 1874, of Savannah, Georgia), who called on business at the Presidential Mansion in Washington in 1864 in the autumn. Mrs. Hamilton presented it to W.G. McAdoo in 1868." Lincoln could not have handed out many of these cartes-de-visite to visitors, as we can trace only two other examples. Both are in the Jack Smith Collection at the Indiana Historical Society, where it is described as [Lincoln in Grecian Setting]. The photographer John Wallen Holyland (1841-1931), who held the copyright and printed this example, had taken over his father's Washington photo studio as a very young man. Ostendorf, page 271.