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Mary Todd Lincoln painting is a fake

A painting of Mary Todd Lincoln which hung in the governor’s mansion in Springfield, Illinois is a fake.

The canvas, which was purchased by Abraham Lincoln’s descendants before being donated to the state’s historical library in the 1970s, was discovered to be a hoax when it was sent to a conservator for cleaning, said James M. Cornelius, the curator of the Lincoln library and museum in Springfield. The museum is planning to present its findings at a lecture on April 26.

“It was a scam to defraud the Lincoln family,” Mr. Cornelius said.

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Story: Patricia Cohen, NYT | Photo: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

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