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Alexander Gardner [Attributed to] 
Lincoln's Second Inaugural 
1865, 4 March 
Albumen print 
6 7/8 x 9 1/2 in 
Larry Gottheim, Be-hold, Inc 
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim (Auction: March 13, 2008, 51, part 2 / lot 71) 
There are several variants of this subject, usually attributed to Alexander Gardner. This is the rarest and most desirable one that shows Lincoln actually delivering his speech. There is an imprint on the back for Clarence Dodge, Photographer. 106 G. Street Southeast, Washington DC. This doesn't have the character of a copy print. Since there were several variants of this event, taken minutes apart, it is unlikely that Gardner himself could have operated the camera himself for all these variants. Dodge, a Washington photographer, might have been the camera operator for this important event, and now was issuing the image with his own imprint. Lloyd Ostendorf, in "Lincoln in Photographs" (1998) comments on this photograph that it is "probably" by Alexander Gardner. "Neither Gardner nor Brady copyrighted any pictures of the inauguration, but this and other views are usually considered Gardner's work." (p. 208.) 

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