Currier & Ives. The Death Bed of the Martyr Abraham Lincoln Lithograph
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(Currier & Ives) THE DEATH BED OF THE MARTYR PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN / WASHINGTON, SATURDAY MORNING APRIL 15 TH 1865, AT 22 MINUTES PAST 7 O’CLOCK. Hand-Colored Lithograph, New York: Currier & Ives, 1865. 16-1/4 x 12-3/4 inches (sight); framed to 23-/1/2 x 19-1/2 inches.
America ‘s best known print makers produced three versions of Lincoln ‘s death, the present one being the last – and most politically correct. Mary Lincoln was literally shown the door, where she is shown weeping, along with Tad and Clara Harris, who had been in the box when Lincoln was shot. Andrew Johnson, who had replaced General Halleck in the second version (though he reappears to the left), is here placed right up front – perhaps to symbolize a ordered presidential transition. The clock on the mantle shows the time of 7:22am , while Stanton, Welles, Colfax, and even Chase (who had never visited the room) look on.
The colors are fresh and, save for unobtrusive general foxing, there are no flaws to mar this handsome rendition.