Antique Civil War 1861 Abraham Lincoln Full Length Steel Engraving John C. Buttre Framed 3rd State

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Antique Civil War 1861 Abraham Lincoln Full Length Steel Engraving John C.  Buttre Framed 3rd State

A full length portrait of Abraham Lincoln in an elegant setting that suggests the White House in Washington. The president is framed by the pillar of strength and the
curtain of elegance, while his table contains books, a lamp and a paper. A very elegant chair surmounted by an eagle is behind Lincoln.

Steel engraving originally created by John C. Buttre, but a changed third state.

Plate called: "Abraham Lincoln." New York, 1861. 

Measures  21.75"  x 15" (sight), Frame 30.5" H x  23.5" W

 Strong impression, older gold leaf frame is in very good shape.

Information from the web:

Upon closer inspection a nimbus surrounds both the president's head and the lamp from an earlier use of the steel plate. In 1859 the plate had been used to print

portraits of John C. Fremont when he was running for the office of president for the second time as a Republican. On the table was a globe. When Lincoln gained
the nomination in 1860 the plate was reused by burnishing out the head of Fremont and changing the globe to a reading lamp. At first Lincoln appeared clean
shaven in the second state, and soon thereafter the third state was created when the beard was added. 


The frame is still tight and secure. The mat shows age related mild, mild rippling.  Dirt underneath the glass near the bottom of the frame by the mat. Some old glue residue from a price sticker on the bottom left. I was able to scrape it off after we took the pictures. See pictures.  Old-style and slightly loose mounting wire on rear.

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