Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 67

Price Realized: $ 281
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(PHOTOGRAPHY.) Spooner, J.C.; artist and photographer. Large early photograph of a Lincoln painting. Albumen photograph, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches, signed by the artist in the negative, with Lincoln's facsimile signature below; corners cropped, moderate soiling and foxing, minor dampstaining, ink and wash portrait of unidentified woman laid down over the entirety of verso. Massachusetts, 1865

Additional Details

Spooner apparently based his painting on Christopher German's January 1861 photograph of Lincoln (Ostendorf O-41), thickening Lincoln's beard a bit and softening his features. He marketed photographs of his work in various sizes including cartes-de-visite.