R. A. Dimmick
paper (overall material)
white with black type; yellow; blue; red; green (overall color)
overall: 22 in x 16 in; 55.88 cm x 40.64 cm
mat: 26 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 66.675 cm x 52.07 cm
Ralph E. Becker
In the summer of 1862, Lincoln drafted an executive order on slavery. Published in September, it declared that, as of January 1, 1863, all persons held in slavery in areas still in rebellion would be “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not directly free any enslaved people in Union-controlled areas, it was widely understood that a Union victory would mean the end of slavery.
Publishers throughout the North printed decorative copies of the Emancipation Proclamation after its enactment. R. A. Dimmick published this engraving in 1864.