Honolulu: circa 1865.
The image after Brady (Meserve 87) but here retouched and on a Hawaiian photographer's mount. Two small holes along the left side, likely from contemporary pinning to a letter Item #345283
Chase opened his photo studio in Honolulu in 1862, advertising his purchase of the former gallery of Joseph W. King. After a brief stay in San Francisco the following year, he returned to Hawaii "prepared to take pictures 'in every style such as ambrotypes, photographs, Melainotypes for lockets and landscapes, views of dwellings, &c.' A story in the Honolulu Friend of March 1, 1865 reported that Chase 'is now taking photographic views of the volcano and other island scenery, which are very good representations.' Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Chase busied himself copying a photograph of the martyred president and selling prints" (Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West).
The image used by Chase was originally by Matthew Brady, taken on February 9, 1864 (Meserve 87), though here done in vignette with touch ups to the eyes and hair. An unusual image of Lincoln.
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