Lincoln Family Victims of Dishonesty: Portrait of Mary Todd a Hoax

Bullet Shih Feb, 2012 0
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The New York Times has reported that a portrait presumed to be that of Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s wife was deemed to be a fake after some cleaning and conservation found that details had been added to an unknown previous sitter’s face and a broach with the likeness of Lincoln had also been added.  The painting has been hanging in the Govenor’s mansion in Springfield, Illinois for the past 32 years and was believed to have been by the artist Francis Carpenter who was painting the first lady just before her husband was assassinated on April 14, 1865.  The scam was believed to have been perpetuated by fraudster Lew Bloom who sold the painting to Lincoln’s decendents in the late 1920s.  The painting remained in the family collection until 1976.

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