5 February 1865 Alexander Gardner photo of Abraham Lincoln | This is the last official portrait of President Lincoln, taken in February 1865 by Alexander Gardner (Gardner worked for Matthew Brady and actually took many of the photos attributed to Brady). There are a few more informa, pictures taken in March 1865 by Henry F. Warren. The President is holding spectacles and a pencil. Glass transparency.
This iconic photograph of President Abraham Lincoln was taken on February 5, 1865, in the final year of the Civil War and only two months before his assassination. The original intent of this photo by Alexander Gardner was to serve as basis for a painted portrait, but the photo resulted more impressive than the portrait. Poet Walt Whitman described the president’s expressions as “a deep latent sadness,” with the toll of war evident.