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Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Mrs. Lincoln in white gown, vignette half-length portrait

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.0057 Author/Creator: Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Place Written: Washington; New York Type: Photograph Date: 1862 ca. Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10 x 6.1 cm

Summary of Content: A frontal portrait of the first lady, who is seated and holds a bouquet of flowers. Imprint on recto "Mrs. Lincoln. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1862 by M.B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the So. District of New York." Photographers imprint on verso: "Published by E. Anthony 501 Broadway New York from Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery."

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Brady, Mathew B., 1823-1896

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: First LadyWomen's History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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