Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Title
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Date 
ca. 1865
Medium 
Dark brown painted plaster
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 15/16 in. ( 18.7 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm )
Description 
Bas-relief portrait.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. William Rutger Britton
Object Number 
1939.162
Marks 
inscriptions: signed on left behind head: "By Vinnie Ream"
Gallery Label 
In 1865, when Vinnie Ream was barely eighteen years old, Abraham Lincoln was told by Congressman James Rollins that there was a "poor girl" who wished to take his likeness; the president agreed, and during the last five months of his life, Miss Ream was frequently allowed to sketch him as he worked and received associates at the White House. The artist gave this bas-relief, which was one of the products of her studies, to Mrs. Sophie Washington Smith, an aunt of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group