Fraudulent Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Exposed

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Fraudulent Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Exposed

lincolnIf 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.)

By |12 Feb 2012|family photos & records, genealogy|Comments Off on Fraudulent Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Exposed

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Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”