If you come from a famous family, you may have more artifacts and records, but are they authentic? It seems this portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln, hanging in the governor’s mansion in Illinois for decades, is not.
The canvas, which was purchased by Abraham Lincoln’s descendants before being donated to the state’s historical library in the 1970s, was discovered to be a hoax when it was sent to a conservator for cleaning, said James M. Cornelius, the curator of the Lincoln library and museum in Springfield. The museum is planning to present its findings at a lecture on April 26.
More here at the Boston Globe. (And happy 203rd, Abe.)