Marshall’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln


William E. Marshall.   “Abraham Lincoln.”  New York: Ticknor & Fields and Wm. E. Marshall, 1866.  20 5/8 x 15 7/8.  Steel engraving by W.E. Marshall.  Signed in pencil by W.E. Marshall.  Full margins.  Very good condition.  In period frame.

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A dignified, handsome formal bust length portrait of Lincoln, drawn, engraved and published by William E. Marshall.  As soon as it was issued, this print was accepted as the finest portrait ever done of Lincoln, and in fact was claimed by a number of critics to be one of the finest engravings ever produced.  Artist’s proofs of the print, such as this example, were sent to many who knew Lincoln, and their reaction was uniformly enthusiastic.  Amongst some who had high praise for the print were Robert Todd Lincoln, Gustave Dore, William Herndon, Edwin Stanton and Charles Sumner.  Frederick Douglass even had the print on display in his home.  As fine an example of American portraiture in print as one can find.

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