Printed below the image: "Abraham Lincoln (Meserve No. 1) The earliest known portrait. Made about 1848, when Mr. Lincoln was in Congress. The original daguerreotype is owned by Mr. Robert T. Lincoln. From a copy in the Collection of Frederick H. Meserve. New York, 1912."
Reproduction of Meserve Lincoln Photograph No. 1, the original likely taken in Springfield by N. H. Shepherd in 1846.