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Portrait of Abraham Lincoln c. 1859 by Samuel Montague Fassett
Lincoln Portrait at the Ivanhoe Cafe
When having a fine fried perch lunch recently at the Ivanhoe Cafe in Detroit I noticed a striking portrait of Abraham Lincoln hanging on the wall near my table in the back room. I happened to have my camera with me and took several pictures of the portrait. Neither the photographer nor date of the photograph were identified, but the picture was captioned "Published and Copyright 1893, AW Elson & Co., Boston." A Google search revealed that AW Elson made photogravures in Boston in the late 1800s and was no longer in business.
I posed a question on HubPages asking for help identifying the photographer or artist who made the original portrait, and the best answer I received was from noted Connecticut artist Robert Dente who verified that the photogravure was made from an original 1859 photograph by Samuel Montague Fassett. I also received helpful information on the origin of the portrait from Colton Weatherston and Robert Hensleigh of the Detroit Art Institute.
The portrait hanging in the Ivanhoe was slightly stained so I took my digital image of it it to a local photo shop, Woodward Camera, and asked them to remove the stains and make me a life-size 16x20 print which appears at the bottom of the sequence of pictures below.
Sotheby's Catalog entry for original Samuel Montague Fassett Portrait of Lincoln
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TheWizardofWhimsy Identified the Lincoln Photographer, Samuel Montague Fassett
- Can anyone identify the photographer who took this photo of Abraham Lincoln?
Listing of the answers to the question: Can anyone identify the photographer who took this photo of Abraham Lincoln? The inscription at the bottom of the photo says "Published and Copyright 1894, A.W. Elson & Co., Boston" but the photographer fro
Lincoln Portrait by Samuel Montague Fassett (Historical Findings)
Title: [Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]
Creator(s): Fassett, S. M. (Samuel Montague), photographer
Date Created/Published: [1859 Oct. 4, printed later]
Ostendorf, no. 16
Meserve, no. 8
Title devised by Library staff.
The Library's copy negative LC-USZ62-11492 was made from a print in the collection of Mrs. Wm. Lloyd Garrison.
'Lincoln posed for this portrait at the gallery of Cooke and Fassett in Chicago, and Cooke, who had asked for the sitting, wrote on April 25, 1865, to his partner: 'Mrs. Lincoln pronounced [it] the best likeness she had ever seen of her husband.' The negative of this rare photograph was destroyed in the Chicago fire.' (Source: Ostendorf, p. 30)
Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 30.
Good Friday Perch Lunch at the Polish Yacht Club
- Ivanhoe Cafe--Good Friday Lunch at the Polish Yacht Club deedsphotos
The Ivanhoe Cafe was founded in Poletown by Stanislaus Grendzinski in 1909. It is the second oldest restaurant in Detroit. (The oldest is the Roma Cafe in Detroit's Eastern Market.) Most people refer to the Ivanhoe as the Polish Yacht Club. This tong