Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 87

Price Realized: $ 938
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Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
(PRINTS--1860 CAMPAIGN.) Sartain, Samuel, engraver; after Brown. Both states of Sartain's early campaign portrait. Pair of mezzotints, size and condition as noted. Philadelphia, 1860 and 1861

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This portrait originated with an ambrotype photograph by Preston Butler on 13 August 1860, which was used as a reference for John Henry Brown's specially commissioned miniature portrait painted from life over the next two weeks, a portrait which Lincoln declared "without fault." Judge John Meredith Read of Pennsylvania then rushed the portrait out to Philadelphia for engraving as a campaign print. Sartain took at least three weeks to complete the job, and the portrait did not reach the campaign until mid-October, by which point the election was well in hand.
The first state has no title, only the facsimile signature "A. Lincoln"; it measures 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. James Irwin of Philadelphia is given as the publisher. The second state adds a beard and the title "16th President of the United States," and measures 10 x 7 3/4 inches; Sartain is listed as the publisher as well as being the engraver. See Lincoln Image, pages 58-66.