Painted from life/ by Thomas Hicks, Springfield Illinois./June 14, 1860.
Shortly after Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the Presidency on May 18, 1860, Mr. Schaus, the art publisher of New York commissioned Thomas Hicks, New York artist, to paint the nominee's portrait. The portrait, which was painted in Springfield, Illinois, was completed on June 14th, after several sittings and was the first painting of Lincoln to be done from life. The painting was bequeathed to the CHS by Oscar B. Cintas (d. May 12, 1957), Cuban collector and one time Ambassador to the United States, "as a sign of admiration and respect for its Secretary, Paul M. Angle".
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865. Bust portrait with head facing slightly right and body forward. His dark hair is untidy. He is wearing a black coat and bow tie and white shirt and collar. Narrow black cord diagonally across shirt, from right shoulder to left breast pocket of coat. Background is grayish green.
Abraham Lincoln posed for this portrait in June 1860, shortly after being nominated by the Republican Party to run for president.