Commander in Chief & Great Emancipator


Alexander Gardner. Abraham Lincoln. New York: E. Anthony, 1861. Carte de visite.

This photograph was one of several taken of President-elect Lincoln by Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) at Mathew Brady’s gallery in Washington, D.C., on 24 February 1861, the day after Lincoln arrived in the capital for his inauguration.  This carte de visite was produced by E. Anthony from Gardner’s photographic negative.  Brady (1822-1896) was one of this country’s most celebrated photographers and is known today for his photographs documenting the Civil War as well as the career of Lincoln.  Cartes de visite were mass produced calling-card-sized photographic prints that came into fashion in the 1860s.

Lincoln Collection   The William Whiting Nolen Collection of Lincolniana.