Mary Todd Lincoln

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Exhibition Label
Mary Todd married Abraham Lincoln much against the wishes of her relatives, who considered him socially inferior. But she was perhaps the first to realize Lincoln's potential for national leadership.
This photograph of Mrs. Lincoln, wearing a meticulously fashioned black dress, may have been taken in the autumn of 1863. She would have been still in mourning for her eleven-year-old son, Willie, who had died of typhoid fever in February 1862. His death, followed three years later by the assassination of her husband, precipitated her rapid psychological decline, which continually worsened during her lifetime.
Artist
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Sitter
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
c. 1863
Object number
S/NPG.93.139
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch
Costume\Jewelry\Chain
Interior\Studio
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Female
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US
Portrait
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 8.6 x 5.3cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/16")
Mount: 10.1 x 6.2cm (4 x 2 7/16")
Mat: 35.6 x 27.9cm (14 x 11")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph