Abraham Lincoln Cracked Plate Portrait
Original Photo circa 1930
The Last Photo taken of President Lincoln before Assassination, February 1865
An incredible image of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln - the last photo taken of him before his assassination. Captured by Lincoln's favorite photographer, Alexander Gardner, on February 5, 1865, the photo measures approximately 8" x 10". Of course, you will notice a line going through Lincoln's head and hair, which was caused by a crack in the original glass plate negative. Gardner printed just a single photo before discarding the cracked negative. That photo is currently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
In 1930, the Frederick H. Meserve Collection of Photographs printed this photo from Gardner's one and only original. This is the only original copy from 1930 known to exist.
The famous "cracked-plate" portrait of Lincoln is one of the most haunting portraits of any President. The crack has been viewed as an ominous foreshadow of Lincoln's assassination-- symbolic of John Wilkes Booth's fatal bullet just 10 weeks later.
Fresh to the market - the only other time this photo was offered for sale was in a 2009 public auction and sold for $6,518.
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