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Anthony Berger, active 1860s  Search this
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Chicago Albumen Works  Search this
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 8.9 × 6 cm (3 1/2 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 14.2 × 9.4 cm (5 9/16 × 3 11/16")
Mat: 35.6 × 28.1 cm (14 × 11 1/16")
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
February 9, 1864 (printed 1982)
Exhibition Label:
The penny image
This is one of a series of profile portraits taken by Anthony Berger during the trying winter of 1864. (The image was used for the new penny coin design in 1909.) The Union victory at Gettysburg had not been followed up, and the high-flown ideals of the Gettysburg Address seemed unattainable, especially with the armies bogged down in stalemate. Lincoln faced attacks from both radicals and conservatives on the issue of civil rights for freedmen and the terms to be imposed on the defeated Confederacy. Politically, he faced a serious challenge to his renomination, as anti-Lincoln Republicans considered the presidential candidacy of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. The Chase boomlet quickly collapsed because of Chase's political ineptitude, but Lincoln was not reassured. In March he divulged, "I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me."
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
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National Portrait Gallery