Abraham Lincoln, presidential candidate, half-length portrait, facing right
Abraham Lincoln, presidential candidate, half-length portrait, facing right. Photo of Lincoln made from a negative taken in Springfield, Illinois, by Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860. One of several poses from that day. "Wrote Lincoln's law partner, William H. Herndon, 'There is the peculiar curve of the lower lip, the lone mole on the right cheek, and a pose of the head so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it.'" (Source: Ostendorf, p. 46) George B. Ayres bought Hesler's studio and later made prints from the Lincoln negatives. Date c. 1881, from a photo taken in 1860.