A high-quality reproduction of a famous photo of Abraham Lincoln was unveiled and presented at the Henry County Courthouse last week.

A high-quality reproduction of a famous photo of Abraham Lincoln was unveiled and presented at the Henry County Courthouse last week.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and their respective foundations — the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly-stained wood frame and measures 30 inches wide by 40 inches tall.

Henry County was the 80th site to receive the portrait.

The four organizations are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society, which owns the glass-plate positives of the Hesler-Lincoln portrait. The ISHS is leading a statewide campaign to place a framed copy in a courthouse in each of Illinois’ 102 counties in commemoration of the state’s bicentennial this year.

“This famous portrait shows a young Abraham Lincoln at the start of his presidential run,” said Jeffrey O’Connor, Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit. “We are privileged to take part in this historic endeavor to honor Illinois’ most famous lawyer during the state’s bicentennial.”