FRANCIS BICKNELL CARPENTER (August 6, 1830-May 23, 1900) was an American painter born in Homer, NY. He was best known for his painting First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, which is hanging in the United States Capitol. Carpenter resided with President Lincoln at the White House and in 1866 published his one volume memoir, Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln.
8 1/2 x 11 TLS by Carpenter’s son, Herbert to W.C. Fargo of New York City, January 19th, 1905. “I hand you herewith copy of engraving of the Head of Abraham Lincoln the original painting of which was made by my Father.
“This is for Mr. Eggleton and I hope he will enjoy it with my compliments.
“Herbert S. Carpenter”
Additional ANS at the bottom to Mr. J. Eggleton: “Please accept with Mr. Carpenter’s compliments. W.C.F. [William C. Fargo].” Also included is a color postcard of Francis Carpenter’s painting of First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln.
On Thomas L. Manson & Co. Stock Brokers letterhead. Brushing to Carpenter’s signature. Else fine and a wonderful Lincoln association item.
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