Abraham Lincoln, Mourning Print, Broadside

An Early, and SCARCE Mourning Print




Offering a Abraham Lincoln Mourning Print.

This prolific Civil War publishing house produced this handsome – and scarce – lithograph following the assassination.  Based on the $5 bill image [O92], Forster himself drew and signed (in printed) the image.

He enhanced Lincoln’s coat with buttons and placed his hand “Napoleon Style” in his waistcoat, a Victorian practice found in 19th century portraiture to indicate stateliness.  Below Lincoln is a railing – as if giving a speech — draped with mourning cloth that partly covers an American flag shield and the laurels of victory.  The few foxing spots don’t mar Lincoln’s visage.

The tonality is deep with no trace of fading.  Correctly placed in a rag backing and oval matting; ready for framing.  We consider this perhaps the finest of the prints issued by any publishing house after that tragic event.

(Lincoln Mourning)  Lithograph: ABRAHAM LINCOLN Sixteenth President of the United States.  Born Feby. 12th, 1809.  Died April 15th 1865.  NY:  Kimmel & Forster, [1865]. 13-7/8” x 19” (sight); 20” x 25” (overall).