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Jesse (Jessie) Atwood

 (born 1802)
Jesse (Jessie) Atwood was active/lived in New Hampshire.  Jesse Atwood is known for itinerant portrait painting.

Biography   Jesse (Jessie) Atwood

Jessie Atwood is perhaps best known for his rendering of Abraham Lincoln, executed in Springfield, IL in 1860 (see Illinois State Journal, 26 October 1860 and 1 November 1860).  Although the last known portrait of a clean-shaven Lincoln is the excellent rendering by G. P. A. Healy, the traveling-portraitist, Atwood - upon learning that Lincoln had grown a beard following the November election of 1860 - would quickly add whiskers onto his portrait of the new President.  (The Atwood portrait returned to Illinois at least once, showing in the "Exhibition of the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln: Painted from Life" at Young's Art Galleries, 17 North State Street, Chicago, from 10 to 16 February 1916.)

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