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[Presidential Campaign Medal with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]

Maker:
Unknown
Artist:
After Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)
Date:
1860
Medium:
Tintype
Dimensions:
Image: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.), diameter Overall: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.), diameter
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Overbrook Foundation Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.12
Not on view
The Lincoln tintype in this campaign medal is a reversed copy of the famous "Cooper Union" carte de visite (Ostendorf O-17) made by Mathew B. Brady on the morning of February 27, 1860. The Hamlin tintype is a copy of a portrait by an unknown maker. The unknown maker of the medal likely produced the object on a mass scale for the Republican Party to be given away or sold at their headquarters throughout the United States.
Inscription: Stamped around edge of frame, obverse: "ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1860"; reverse: "HANNIBAL HAMLIN 1860"; hole punched through top of medal.
[Nate D. Sanders, Inc.]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.

Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.

Lorant, Stefan. Lincoln: A Picture Story of His Life. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1952. p. 85.

Hamilton, Charles, and Lloyd Ostendorf. Lincoln In Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose. 1st ed. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963. pp. 34, 37, 363.



Tintype after an 1860 carte-de-visite of Lincoln by Mathew B. Brady.
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