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Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

Object Name: Relief
Date: 1861
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Medium: Gilded plaster, wood, and glass
Dimensions: Overall (plaster): 7 x 5 3/8 in. (17.8 x 13.7 cm) Framed: 11 3/4 in. × 10 in. × 1 3/4 in. (29.8 × 25.4 × 4.4 cm)
Description: Bas-relief portrait.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
Object Number: 1936.616
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Marks: Incised below shoulder: "Patented / S.....s 1861"; paper label on back in pen: "Medallion Portrait of President Lincoln presented to the / Metropolitan Fair by / S. Ellis Sculptor / 594 Broadway"

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This portrait was made in the first year of Lincoln's presidency, and was the original used for the Lincoln-Indian Peace Medal. It was presented by the sculptor to the Metropolitan Fair held in 1864 at the 14th Street Armory in New York for the benefit of the sick and wounded men of the Union Army.


"Lincoln and New York," New-York Historical Society, September 15, 2009–March 25, 2010.