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Contemporary Sketches of President Abraham Lincoln
This drawing was done by a Frenchman named Pierre Morand. Morand had moved to the United States, and he became acquainted with President Lincoln after the Civil War began. Although he was not a professional, he made several sketches of the president. This one shows Mr. Lincoln at the Soldiers' Home (just outside Washington) where the Lincolns spent the summer months.
On March 27, 1865, Albert Hunt made this charcoal sketch of Mr. Lincoln during his visit to General Grant's headquarters at City Point, Virginia.
This is an 1864 sketch done by David Hunter Strother. The president is seen with an office seeker who is carrying one of those "soon-to-be notorious" carpetbags.
This is another drawing by Pierre Morand. It is one of several that Morand did as he observed the president in Washington in 1864.
Artist Francis B. Carpenter's First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln hangs in the United States Capitol. To the left is one of Carpenter's original sketches from which the famous painting was made.


Thank you to Stephen Shafer who suggested the idea for this page. Sources for the sketches: (1) Lincoln: A Picture Story of His Life by Stefan Lorant (New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1969), p. 222. (2) Lorant, p. 254. (3) Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography by Alexander Eliot (London, Bison Books, 1985), p.145. (4) Lorant, p. 223. (5) Lorant, p. 162.

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