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Painted in 1930. A sculptor friend of Lewis A. Ramsey had several life masks of Abraham Lincoln and gave one to him. Lewis was always interested in Lincoln because Lewis’ father fought in the civil war and the family was from Illinois, where Lincoln was from.
L. A. Ramsey used the life mask of Lincoln to help make this painting, but took the setting from a photograph of Lincoln reading to his son, Tadd, while Lincoln was in the White House. Tadd died while Lincoln was President. The life mask had no beard, but the photograph did. So Mr. Ramsey painted him with the beard as Lincoln is most commonly seen. The choice of this tender scene with Lincoln’s son Tadd not only shows L. A. Ramsey’s admiration of Lincoln, but also his love of country and family.
October 17th, 2010
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