15 November 2005
[LINCOLN, Abraham.] BERGER, Anthony, Photographer. Cabinet card photograph of Lincoln as President, taken in studio of Mathew B. Brady, Washington, 9 February 1864. Hamilton & Ostendorf, Lincoln in Photographs, O-92.
Albumen photograph, 6½ x 4¼ in. including original glazed card mount, image a trifle pale.
"THE MOST SATISFACTORY LIKENESS" OF THE 16TH PRESIDENT. In a single sitting on 9 February 1864, Berger took two remarkable images of Lincoln: the famous "penny profile" portrait and this seated picture. In it, Lincoln appears attentive but remarkably relaxed, without the stiffness noticeable in some studio portraits. Several decades after his father's death, Robert Todd Lincoln, in correspondence with the early Lincon photograph collector Meserve, wrote "I have always though the Brady photograph of my father [the present image] to be the most satisfactory likeness of him" (Hamilton & Ostendorf, p.176).
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