The Final Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

By Shane Newell

In June 1861, a young artist named George Henry Story was invited to observe and make sketches of President Abraham Lincoln. Story later wrote “On three successive days I quietly entered the president’s office and made pencil notes of my subject and mental observations of the changes in his countenance while he was…under the influence of state affairs in the different interviews with his visitors.” Less than four years later, President Lincoln was assassinated. The people of freedom were devastated. Story couldn’t bring himself to paint his beloved Lincoln…

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