Offering a Pierre Morand sketch of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Sumner. Morand, a French expatriate, moved to the United States and became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln after the Civil War began. Although not a professional, he made several endearing (and enduring) sketches of the president, because “In life Mr. Lincoln’s features and movements impressed me so vividly.”
Among them were: Lincoln at the Soldiers’ Home just outside Washington, where the Lincolns spent the summer months; leaning against a tree reading a paper in 1864; another showing him carrying a satchel, walking from the Executive Mansion with his wife, Mary, perhaps going up to the Soldier’s Home.
Also a number of various informal poses of Lincoln during June, 1864 – including this one of Lincoln holding a sheaf of rolled papers.
He is credited as the last artist to capture the assassinated president’s likeness in-person, having sketched the president at his open coffin — we’ve handled both of those sketches. Earlier, Morand traveled on the Britannia’s maiden voyage in January of 1842, during which he sketched and painted fellow passenger Charles Dickens.
A few small abrasions to Sumner’s portrait at top, and small spots to Lincoln’s portrait at top. Overall in very good to near fine condition. With original printed catalog sleeve from the Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1952, noted as lot 488
Morand, Pierre (1839-1891) (ABRAHAM LINCOLN) Ink and Opaque White Gouache on Heavy Paper. Written on the bottom right: “Washington / June 1864.” 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. BESIDE IT is another drawing: Watercolor of Massachusetts Senator and abolitionist CHARLES SUMNER; reads along lower margin, “Charles Sumner Washg’n 1864″. 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Together mounted to sheet measuring 8-1/2″ x 10-1/2″.
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