The Physical Lincoln: A58hz

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Version 1: Digital Print of Hardcopy
Print Key: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-132820-3c32820u
Print URL:
MaxPixels: 3287 x 4096 (smaller provided here)
Comments: b&w film copy negative. 1 photographic print.
Observations: Thumbnail shows reality sidedness. Grainy. Finding:=Cheek mole: Cheek mole:=seems large.
Version 2: Digital Print of Hardcopy
Print Key: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-17403-3a19595u
Print URL: unavailable offsite.
MaxPixels: 1199 x 1536
Comments: b&w film copy neg.
Version 3: Digital Print of Hardcopy
Print Key: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-2277-3a05991u
Print URL: unavailable offsite.
MaxPixels: 1050 x 1536
Comments: b&w film copy negative.
Observations: Image has an artifactual vertical elongation; explanation. Thumbnail shows reality sidedness
Version 4: Digital Print of Hardcopy
Print Key: alternation of Library of Congress LC-USZ62-2277-3a05991u
Print URL: --
MaxPixels: 1142 x 1536
Comments: b&w film copy negative.
Observations: Image has been widened to compensate for artifactual vertical elongation of original; explanation. Thumbnail shows reality sidedness. Finding:=Shoulders: Shoulders:=downsloping.
Print: Mellon p31
Caption: (p30) Solio print of the lost ambrotype made by T.P. Pearson, in Macomb, Illinois, August 26, 1858.
Collection: Mellon Collection.
Observations: Must have printed the mirror version, without saying so explicitly. "Possibly the most revealing portrait of the beardless Lincoln" (Mellon p191).
Print: Library of Congress
Has hardcopy:Yes as of 2007-04.

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Photographer Pearson
Location Macomb, IL
Sitting sitdate:=1858-08-26
Technique Ambrotype
Meserve # Meserve Number:=10, Meserve Number:=11
Ostendorf # Ostendorf Number:=8
Ostendorf pg Ostendorf Page:=264, Ostendorf Page:=17
Mellon pg Mellon Page:=31
Kunhardt pg Kunhardt Page:=113
Synonym none
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Ambrotype by T.P. Pearson, Macomb, Thursday, August 26, 1858.
Ambrotype by T.P. Pearson, Macomb, Thursday, August 26, 1858.
comment:="Is this picture's ugliness the reason Ostendorf does not enlarge it to full-page size?"

From a photograph loaned by W. J. Franklin of Macomb, Illinois, and taken in 1866 from an ambrotype made in 1858 in Macomb. This portrait figures in the collection in the Lincoln Home at Springfield, Illinois, and on the back of the photograph is the following inscription: "This likeness of Abraham Lincoln is a faithful copy of an original ambrotype, now in possession of James K. Magic. It was taken August 25, 1858, by Mr. T. P. Pierson, at Macomb, in this State, and is believed to be of anterior date to any other likeness of Mr. Lincoln ever brought before the public. Mr. Magie happened to remain over night at Macomb, at the same hotel with Mr. Lincoln, and the next morning took a walk about town, and upon Mr. Magie's invitation they stepped into Mr. Pierson's establishment, and the ambrotype of which this is a copy was the result. Mr. Lincoln, upon entering, looked at the camera as though he was unfamiliar with such an instrument, and then remarked: 'Well, do you want to take a shot at me with thtft thing?' He was shown to a glass, where he was told to 'fix up,' but declined, saying it would not be much of a likeness if he fixed up any. The old neighbors and acquaintances of Mr. Lincoln in Illinois, upon seeing this picture, are apt to exclaim: 'There! that's the best likeness of Mr. Lincoln that I ever saw!' The dress he wore in this picture is the same in which he made his famous canvass with Senator Douglas." This inscription was written by J. C. Power, now dead, but for many years custodian of the Lincoln monument in Springfield.

-- Page 65 of The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Ida M. Tarbell and J. McCan Davis, New York: S.S. McClure, 1896. (TarbellE)

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