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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 
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After Abraham Lincoln's death, this portrait acquired special significance. The slicing crack in the plate seemed to foretell the President's impending assassination. And though Lee's surrender at Appomattox was still months away, viewers saw Lincoln's contemplative smile as a weary response to the war's end.

Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)
Photograph, aluminum silver print, 1865
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
NPG.81.M1


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