Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan, and Others, Albumen Photo, Lincoln and His Generals at Antietam


A Sensational Contemporary Presentation  of an Iconic Lincoln Photograph


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Taken by Alexander Gardner at Antietam, Md., on 3 Oct. 1862, whence Lincoln had gone to confer with McClellan and urged him to attack Robert E. Lee’s rebel forces, this famous photo shows Lincoln (a head taller than anyone else) standing with his left hand on a chair back to steady himself.  Among those posing with him are then-or-future Generals Geo. Morell, Alex S. Webb, Henry Hunt, Fitz-John Porter, A.A. Humphreys, and George A. Custer (standing alone at far right), as well as Army of the Potomac medical director Dr. Jonathan Letterman and census statistician J.C.G. Kennedy. 

Each figure is clear and distinct, as are the tents and the grassy foreground. 

Elaborately matted and framed: the matt has gilt decorations, a decorative fillet, and a 3″-deep contemporary wood frame; glazed in OP-3 Plexiglass to shield it from damaging ultraviolet light. 

An original copy on the Alexander Gardner mount sold at Heritage Auctions in December 2023 for $23,750.00!  Here is a chance to obtain a copy directly taken from the original glass plate – with the clarity and beautiful tonality of the original albumen —  but at a third of the price!!

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Lincoln, Abraham (George McClellan; Antietam)  Photogravure  Photograph, showing President Lincoln, Gen. George B. McClellan and assorted officers standing before a tent.  No date, circa 1870s; off the original glass plate negative with a warm light brown tone.  Print approx. 6-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, on a mount approx. 8-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, titled “Lincoln and his Generals at Antietam.”  [M-45; O-62]