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Creator Role

photographer printer


The platinum print depicts a portrait image of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Alexander Hesler on 3 June 1860 in Springfield, Illinois. In 1881, George b. Ayers created the platinum print from the image's negative. The print's reverse has been signed by Ayers. [Ref: O-26.]

Description Source

Hamilton, Charles and Lloyd Ostendorf, eds. Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, 1963; Page: 46.


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1881


9 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

platinum print


recto, engraved in bottom left corner: G. B. Ayers / [?]Right 1881 verso, handwritten at top left: platinum print/ [?] 582-1 verso, handwritten at center: Copyright / Geo. B. Ayres / Phila verso, handwritten at bottom: NEGATIVE BY ALEXANDER HESSLER, 1860 / PRINT BY GEORGE B. AYRES, 1881 PLATINUM PRINT / (One of two negatives of Lincoln by Hessler that survived / the fire of his studio) verso, handwritten at bottom right corner: 11954


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Work Type

platinum print




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Digital ID


Current Location

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


Mississippi State University Libraries.

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

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Abraham Lincoln, 1860



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