Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


Print of the last studio photograph of A. Lincoln from the famous Meserve collection

Photograph unsigned. Black and White, 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1865/1944). The last formal pose from Life, by Alexander Gardner, Gardner’s Gallery. From the F.H. Meserve collection. Written on verso in pencil: “A photograph made by Alexander Gardener on Monday, April 10,1865. Mr. Truman H. Bartlett, the author and sculptor, acquired it from Gardener in 1874, who then stated that only one print  was made from the large broken negative before it was considered valueless + destroyed, and that it was the last photograph made on that day. No later photographs were made of the president in life. This single print is in the (F.H.) Meserve collection. (This photo was a picture of that single print). And in Merserve’s hand: “Abraham Lincoln (Meserve No. 100)” and “To Norman C. Webb Jr. with regards of F.H. Meserve N.Y. Oct. 10,1944”. Minor corner and handling wear, else fine. Print of Lincoln’s last studio photograph with excellent provenance. Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) was the son of W.N. Meserve, a Civil War veteran. Frederick Meserve began collecting Civil War era photographs in the 1890s to illustrate his father's war diary. He became a prominent collector and historian of photographs from the era, especially photographs of Abraham Lincoln. He worked alongside historian Carl Sandburg to publish "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln" in 1944. Meserve died in 1962, and his extensive collection of original photographs, amassed with the help of his daughter, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, was purchased by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in 2015.

Price: $ 925 / € 710

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