In addition to newspaper and magazine reporters, photographer Mathew Brady also looked forward to Abraham Lincoln’s campaign trip to New York City on February 27, 1860.
On that date Lincoln delivered his Cooper Union address, the most important speech of his 1860 presidential campaign.
Over the following weeks, newspapers and magazines gave full accounts of the event, noting the high spirits of the crowd and the stirring rhetoric of the speaker.
Artists for Harper’s Weekly converted Brady’s photograph to a full-page woodcut portrait to illustrate their story of Lincoln’s triumph, and in October 1860, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly used the same image to illustrate a story about the election.”
— “Abraham Lincoln”
National Portrait Gallery