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[Presidential Campaign Medal with Portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson]

Unknown

Artist:
After Thomas Le Mere (American, active 1860s)
Photography Studio:
Brady & Co. (American, active 1840s–1880s)
Former Attribution:
Anthony Berger (American, active 1860s)
Person in Photograph:
Abraham Lincoln (American, Hardin County, Kentucky 1809–1865 Washington, D.C.)
Person in Photograph:
Andrew Johnson (American, 1808–1875)
Date:
1864
Medium:
Tintype
Dimensions:
Image: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.), diameter Overall: 2.5 cm (1 in.), diameter
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Overbrook Foundation Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.13
  • Description

    The Lincoln tintype in this campaign medal is a reversed copy of a portrait print (Ostendorf O-92) made on February 9, 1864 by Thomas LeMere, an operator for Mathew B. Brady in his Washington, D.C. studio. The Johnson 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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Printed in photograph, obverse: "A. LINCOLN."; reverse: "A. JOHNSON."; stamped around edge of frame, obverse: "FOR PRESIDENT 1864"; reverse: "FOR VICE PRESIDENT 1864"; loop at top of frame for hanging.

  • Provenance

    [Nate D. Sanders, Inc.]

  • Notes

    Tintype after an 1864 carte-de-visite of Lincoln by Thomas Le Mere for Brady & Company.

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