Stereograph, Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,1863

Summary

This portrait of Abraham Lincoln was originally photographed by Alexander Gardner on Sunday August 9, 1863. Gardner had just opened his new studio and President Lincoln agreed to be the first customer. This stereograph was made between 1864 and 1866 by an unidentified photographer. It contains two side-by-side albumen photographic prints mounted onto cardstock and made a 3-D image when viewed through a stereoscope.

This portrait of Abraham Lincoln was originally photographed by Alexander Gardner on Sunday August 9, 1863. Gardner had just opened his new studio and President Lincoln agreed to be the first customer. This stereograph was made between 1864 and 1866 by an unidentified photographer. It contains two side-by-side albumen photographic prints mounted onto cardstock and made a 3-D image when viewed through a stereoscope.

This stereograph shows President Abraham Lincoln seated in a chair beside a small table, holding a paper in one hand and folded spectacles in his other hand. Alexander Gardner originally made this photograph in Washington, D.C. on Sunday August 9, 1863. Gardner had just opened his new studio and President Lincoln agreed to be the first customer. The maker of this stereograph is unknown, but there is a two-cent tax stamp glued to the back, indicating it was made between 1864 and 1866.

Stereographs made with photographic paper were invented in 1849. This example shows two side-by-side albumen photographic prints mounted onto cream cardstock. A popular entertainment and educational medium during the 19th century and early 20th century, this pairing produced an illusion of three-dimensions when using a special viewer.

Detailed Description
Artifact

Stereograph

Date Made

1864-1866

Subject Date

09 August 1863

Creators

Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882 

Place of Creation

United States, District of Columbia, Washington 

Creator Notes

Original photography by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C., August 9, 1863

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

91.0.191.8

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Albumen process
Mounting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.25 in

Width: 6.813 in

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