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Abraham Lincoln, Fine Photograph Printed by Ayres from the Hesler Negative

Platinum photograph, approx. 6.75 x 9 in., framed to 10 x 12 in., of Lincoln printed by George B. Ayres in 1881 directly from the original negative by Alexander Hesler, taken in Springfield, IL, June 3, 1860, catalogued by Lincoln collector Lloyd Ostendorf as sitting O-26.

This is one of four known portraits of Lincoln taken by Hesler on June 3, 1860 at the old Capitol Building in Springfield, IL, two weeks after Lincoln's nomination for President by the Republican National Convention in Chicago. The original plates were retained by Ayres when he bought and sold Hesler's gallery immediately after the Civil War. In 1881, Ayres produced prints from the plates and also created a duplicate set of glass negatives [Ostendorf, 49].


Not examined outside frame, but attractive print with rich tones. Some minor surface wear to frame.

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Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Jun 21