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Photograph of Abraham Lincoln in 1858
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The Image
Photographer:  German/q
Sitting date: 1858-09
Location: Springfield, IL
Technique: daguerreotype/q
Book Notes
Mellon '79 [p 41]
Quarter-plate [[daguerreotype]] of the lost original, almost certainly an [[ambrotype]] or [[daguerreotype]], beileved to have been made by Christopher S. [[German]], in [[Springfield]], Illinois, during late September 1858.
Mellon '79 [p 43]
Reproduced from a signed albumen copy print presented by Lincoln to Arnold Robinson, the court crier in [[Springfield]], Illinois. The lost original, almost certainly an [[ambrotype]] or [[daguerreotype]], is believed to have been made by Christopher S. [[German]], in Springfield, during late September 1858.
[[Photograph]], probably by C.S. [[German]], [[Springfield]], Sunday, September 26, 1858.
Collections cited in Books
Mellon '79 [p 42]
Arthur Talansky.

Not a sharp image. b&w film copy negative. 1 photographic print: gelatin silver.

5104 x 6273

Cropped above elbow. b&w film copy negative. 1 photographic print: gelatin silver.

5140 x 6255

From Tarbell '96 [p 215]:

After a photograph owned by Mrs. Harriet Chapman of Charleston, Illinois. Mrs. Chapman is a grand-daughter of Sarah Bush Lincoln, Lincoln's step-mother. Her son, Mr. R. N. Chapman of Charleston, Illinois, writes us: "In 1858 Lincoln and Douglas had a series of joint debates in this State, and this city was one place of meeting. Mr. Lincoln's step-mother was making her home with my father and mother at that time. Mr. Lincoln stopped at our house, and as he was going away my mother said to him: 'Uncle Abe, I want a picture of you.' He replied, 'Well, Harriet, when I get home I will have one taken for you and send it to you.' Soon after, mother received the photograph, which she still has, already framed, from Springfield, Illinois, with a letter from Mr. Lincoln, in which he said, 'This is not a very good-looking picture, but it's the best that could be produced from the poor subject.' He also said that he had it taken solely for my mother. The photograph is still in its original frame, and I am sure is the most perfect and best picture of Lincoln in existence. We suppose it must have been taken in Springfield, Illinois."
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