A Phenomenon of Portraiture


Title: A Phenomenon of Portraiture

Year: 1860

Creator: Bunker

Description: Abraham Lincoln is portrayed in sketches in May, August and November – “Showing How the Chances of Success Affect the Features of a Presidential Candidate in the Eyes of his Friends.” In the first sketch at the left “His first looks hideous – cadaverous – repulsive.” In the middle image, “As his chances improve so do his looks. He is now tolerable.” At the right, “Being chosen, he grows quite handsome – even angelic.”