This painting is thought to be the earliest portrait of Abraham Lincoln. It was discovered in the home of Mildred Downing, who died in her 90's and left no heirs. Mildred's aunt Mattie Dee Todd, was the first cousin of Lincoln's children, only one of whom survived to adulthood, and Mildred had in her possession at the time of her death, trunks owned by Mary Todd Lincoln as well as a genealogy letter and other historical documents.
Miniatures were frequently painted upon a couple's engagement and it is believed that this is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln had painted for Mary Todd when they became engaged in 1842. The facial features, tilt of the head, and even the hair is decidedly Lincoln's.
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