Portrait of Mrs. Lincoln is Fake

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A portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln which hung in the governor’s mansion in Springfield, Illinois for 32 years was discovered to be of someone else, the New York Times reports.

“The story behind the picture was compelling: Mrs. Lincoln had Francis Bicknell Carpenter secretly paint her portrait as a surprise for the president, but he was assassinated before she had a chance to present it to him. Now it turns out that both the portrait and the touching tale accompanying it are false.”
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