51 1/2 x 85 in. painted cotton banner, right and left edges reinforced with linen/cotton, suspended from 58 in. wooden dowel (toning, staining in lower field, surface wear, some paint loss, few small scattered holes throughout, few partial tears near dowel). Features large, 40 1/2 x 50 in. painted shoulder-length portrait of Abraham Lincoln at center surrounded by decorative border in the form of a red curtain complete with gold tassels and fringe. "Abe" and "Lincoln" painted on reverse side of banner, near bottom edge.
The studio photograph of Lincoln taken by Anthony Berger in Washington, DC, on 9 February 1864, likely served as the inspiration for the painted portrait, which suggests that the banner may have been created in conjunction with the 1864 presidential election. RARE: Not listed in Collins' Threads of History.
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