A bust-length studio portrait of President Abraham Lincoln turned slightly to the left. He has a goatee but no mustache, and is wearing a suit and white shirt, with his bow tie slightly askew. Meserve # 10. For many years this photograph was erroneously dated as Monday, April 10, 1865, a myth perpetuated by Mr. Truman H. Bartlette. Bartlette, an author and sculptor, acquired a print from Gardner in 1874. Bartlette claimed that Gardner obtained just one print from the glass plate negative before it fractured and broke. Gardner made one original print from the broken negative before it was destroyed.
1 print: gelatin silver. 21 cm x 26 cm (8 in. x 10 in.)