Artifacts

Creator

Matthew Wilson

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Creator Role

artist

Description

The color photolithograph features a reproduction of a framed portrait of Abraham Lincoln created by Matthew Wilson. The portrait features Lincoln in a black suit from the chest up. It is surrounded by a gold oval mat and gold frame. A short description is included on the reverse of the object. 3 duplicates included

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

n.d.

Measurement

10 X 8 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

paper (fiber product)

Inscription

verso, at top center: THE LAST LIFE PORTRAIT OF LINCOLN. Secretary of the Navy Gideon / Welles commissioned Connecticut painter Matthew Wilson's portrait of / Abraham Lincoln. Wilson had photographs of the President made and / gained several sittings with the busy executive in February 1865. Lincoln's / close associates proclaimed the portrait an excellent likeness. Lincoln / himself, always modest about his physical appearance, declared the painting / "horridly like" its model. Welles paid Wilson $85 for the portrait on April 12, / 1865 - two days before Lincoln was shot. verso, at bottom left: Form 20586 5/83

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

print (visual work)--reproduction (derivative object)

Class

prints

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

Related Source

Item # 4358.

ID

4493

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

The Last Life Portrait of Lincoln

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