Abraham Lincoln, Albumen Carte de Visite, Henry Warren, Photographer


A Desirable and Scarce Image; an Interesting Story

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Abraham Lincoln Photograph, albumen carte de visite created by Henry Warren.

This vignetted pose was taken on the south balcony of the White House just two days after the second inaugural.  Lincoln appears to be angry, and deservedly so. Henry Warren had used Tad to get to Lincoln. It is widely reported Warren goaded Tad to ask Lincoln to sit for this photo.  This albumen image was probably either a proof or an extra. It is stuck on a blank board.

Certainly, scarcer than in the imperial size, with pencil writing on the verso partially informs, “Original neg made by H. F. Warren, now dead.”

A good, clear image, being just slightly light.

(Lincoln Photograph) Warren, Henry F.  Abraham Lincoln Albumen carte-de-visite-sized Bust Photograph.   Taken on the balcony of the White House, March 6, 1865.  [Waltham, Mass.: (1865)].  [O-112]. 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches overall.