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The carte de visite features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln taken by Alexander Garner on 10 April 1865 in what would be Lincoln's final photo session before his assassination. The sylvan background seen in this manifestation was added later by Gardner for artistic effect. [Ref: O-114.] The photograph features Abraham Lincoln seated at a table with his proper left elbow resting on the tabletop and a book in his proper left hand. Tad leans on the opposite side of the table with his proper forearm resting on the tabletop.
Hamilton, Charles and Lloyd Ostendorf, eds. Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, 1963; Page: 220.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
3 13/16 X 2 7/16 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
albumen print on paper card
recto: THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH THE PRESIDENT SAT FOR.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
carte-de-visite (card photograph)
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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