Collection relating to Hicks' Portrait of Lincoln

Inclusive Dates: 
1860 June 13-1948
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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 50 items consisting of letters (originals and photocopies), photoprints, notes, and printed items relating to the first oil painting of Abraham Lincoln, painted from life by artist Thomas Hicks and completed in Springfield, Illinois, on June 13, 1860, now in the Chicago History Museum collection. Included are letters by Thomas Hicks, William E. Marshall, and O. H. [Orville Hickman] Browning on the circumstances of the portrait and its likeness to Lincoln; plus letters on the sale of the portrait by Mrs. Herbert Shipman to Bernon S. Prentice in 1940.

Biographical Historical Note

Thomas Hicks was an American portrait painter who created the first painted portrait of Lincoln, commissioned for Lincoln’s first presidential campaign.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Abraham Lincoln Papers and Robert Todd Lincoln Manuscript Collection, Chicago History Museum.