Framed Antique Portrait Photograph - President Abraham Lincoln By R.a. Lewis Nyc For Sale
Framed Antique Photo Portrait
President Lincoln, Circa 1864 (While in Office)
This would be a very valuable item if it was actually what it appears to be ... but in my opinion, it isn't ... I think it's a photograph of an engraving of Lincoln and not a real life image.
Not that it's a modern fake, it truly is a framed photograph from the 1860's and in a genuine 1860's oval frame. It was produced by Richard A. Lewis, a photographer who had a studio at 152 Chatham Street in New York City from 1858 until 1864. (That pretty much dates it!)
Lewis was a prominent daguerrotype photographer and sold CDVs (Cartes de Visite) and Cabinet Card photos from his shop on Chatham Street. I'm guessing, of course, but I suspect sly old Richard just might have sold these framed prints as the genuine article, to enhance his reputation as an important photographer. Remember, this was the dawn of photography and the unsuspecting public wouldn't know about these things. I could be wrong, of course.
Incidently, Chatham Street is now called Park Row and flows into Chatham Square in New York's Chinatown ... but I digress ...
The photo and frame are in excellent condition. The frame is wood with a black lacquer like finish. A few scuffs here and there but you would expect that with a 150 year old item. I took it apart (looking for clues), cleaned everything inside and out and refitted it. It's good for another 150 years.
Photo size: 8" x 10" Overall w/frame:11-1/2" x 13-1/2"(oval)
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Framed Antique Portrait Photograph - President Abraham Lincoln By R.a. Lewis Nyc: $75