1881 Abraham Lincoln Portrait, Alexander Hesler 1860 Presidential Campaign Photo
Excellent contrast, and extremely high clarity - Please see the detail in his strands of hair and wrinkles in his face!
A very desirable vintage matte-finish 6.25" x 9.5" portrait of a beardless Abraham Lincoln printed by George B. Ayres, from an original negative by Alexander Hesler. Springfield, Illinois photographer Alexander Hesler took several photographs of Lincoln in June 1860. The photos were used in the campaign for president—with one of his portraits used extensively in the 1860 presidential campaign on medals and ribbons—but were in little demand once Lincoln was elected and grew a beard. The 16th President was said to have enjoyed his photo session with Hesler, noting of one image, "That looks better and expresses me better than any I have ever seen; if it pleases the people I am satisfied."