Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 134

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(PRINTS--MEMORIAL.) Halpin, Frederick W., engraver; after Carpenter. Engraved portrait of Lincoln, inscribed by the artist to Lincoln's secretary William O. Stoddard. Engraving, 22 3/4 x 17 1/2 to sight, with facsimile signature "Abraham Lincoln"; 4 horizontal creases, faint dampstain in upper right margin, not examined outside of frame; inscribed in pencil in lower margin "To William O. Stoddard, With the affectionate regards of the artist, Frank B. Carpenter, October 20, 1898." New York: F.B. Carpenter, 1866

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This engraving was done after an original 1864 White House life study by Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900). Mary Lincoln endorsed it as "the most perfect likeness of my beloved husband that I have ever seen," adding poignantly "The resemblance is so accurate in Mr. Halpin's engraving that it will require far more calmness than I can now command to have it placed continuously before me." Carpenter inscribed this example for former Lincoln secretary William O. Stoddard, a childhood friend (see also lots 3 and 55). See Stoddard's memoirs, "Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard," which were not published until 1955; this example is discussed on page 228. Provenance: sold by granddaughter Eleanor Holden Stoddard (1921-2014) to the consignor in 1988.