Just in time for President’s Day comes a signed carte-de-visite photograph of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. This featured item in the February 11th sale of Signed Historical Photographs from the Jerome Shochet Collection shows the president seated, with his legs crossed and holding a newspaper in one hand, eyeglasses in the other. Taken on August 9, 1863, the day after Robert E. Lee sent his letter of resignation to Confederate president Jefferson Davis (which Davis refused) after the South’s resounding defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg, the President is depicted partaking in a typical Sunday morning activity. This photograph (estimate $40,000 to $60,000) is one of four images taken at the same second by Alexander Gardner, the famed Civil War photographer, who used a four-lens camera to photograph the president.
Abraham Lincoln, photograph signed “A. Lincoln,” as President, carte-de-visite portrait by Gardner, 1863.