Impressive color lithograph titled The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet
, produced circa 1866. The image captures Lincoln seated in a room at the White House surrounded by his cabinet, all of who are identified in print along the base: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior, William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General, and Edward Bates, Attorney General. As noted in print along the bottom border, this print is from a painting by F. B. (Francis Bicknell) Carpenter and was engraved by A. H. (Alexander Hay) Ritchie. Published by Fishel, Adler & Schwartz, 373 Fifth Avenue, New York. The original painting from which this piece was produced was created by Carpenter in 1864 and currently resides in the collection of the United States Senate. Carpenter actually painted the piece in the White House, so that all of the details could be as accurate as possible. This is truly an outstanding nineteenth-century historical print and represents one of the most famous of all Lincoln artworks from the period. The lithograph (32.75 x 21.5 inches; visible dimensions) is in apparent Excellent to Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 40.5 x 30.5 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice
. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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