ROBERT TODD LINCOLN'S ENGRAVING OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
An extraordinary association item, an engraving of the beardless presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, 20" x 26" (sight), depicting the "Railsplitter" from mid-chest, up, surrounded by laurel wreaths, a draped flag, the Seal of the United States at top, and the seals of the various states at bottom and sides, also bearing his famous quote "With malice towards none and charity towards all" at bottom, and with a printed remarque of Lincoln's death mask at lower left and pencil signed by artist Max Rosenthal at lower-right. The print was prepared for the centennial of Lincoln's birth by James McClees in Philadelphia, 1908. This particular engraving was presented to Lincoln's son, ROBERT TODD LINCOLN (1843-1926) by the engraver, McClees. Sold with the engraving is a T.L.S. from Lincoln to McClees, 1p. 8vo., Manchester, Vt., Oct. 20, 1908, In part: "...you were good enough to send me the etched portrait of my father. I am very glad to have it indeed, and am much obliged to you. I think the work a very fine piece of engraving, and as a likeness I regard is as very satisfactory indeed...". Also included is the original McClees label from the verso of the portrait. The engraving, Lincoln's letter and the label are all matted and framed, the letter and label a bit soiled and toned, the engraving is fine. Undoubtedly this portrait was displayed in the Lincoln family home as a memento of Robert's distinguished father. Two pieces.