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Worship of the North

Worship of the North
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Artist
Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912
Sitter
Henry Ward Beecher, 24 Jun 1813 - 8 Mar 1887
Charles Sumner, 6 Jan 1811 - 11 Mar 1874
Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872
Benjamin Franklin Butler, 5 Nov 1818 - 11 Jan 1893
John Charles Frémont, 21 Jan 1813 - 13 Jul 1890
William Henry Seward, 16 May 1801 - 15 Oct 1872
Edwin McMasters Stanton, 19 Dec 1814 - 24 Dec 1869
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, 14 Jun 1811 - 1 Jul 1896
Ambrose Everett Burnside, 23 May 1824 - 13 Sep 1881
James Henry Lane, 22 Jun 1814 - 11 Jul 1866
John Albion Andrew, 31 May 1818 - 30 Oct 1867
John Brown, 9 May 1800 - 2 Dec 1859
Winfield Scott, 13 Jun 1786 - 29 May 1866
David Hunter, 21 Jul 1802 - 2 Feb 1886
Date
1863
Type
Print
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 17.9 × 24.8 cm (7 1/16 × 9 3/4")
Sheet: 23.1 × 30.4 cm (9 1/8 × 11 15/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.79.95.A
Exhibition Label
Adalbert Volck began his Sketches from the Civil War with this comprehensive indictment of the Union cause, titled Worship of the North. Gathered around an altar built of bricks labeled "Puritanism," "Witchburning," "Negro Worship," and "Free Love" are a host of villains responsible for the crusade against the South. As a devil-like Lincoln presides to the right of the altar, abolitionist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher directs his knife toward the white victim being sacrificed to a black idol. While New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley swings incense in the left corner and, behind him, Republican senator Charles Sumner holds a torch to guide Beecher’s knife, a crowd of other northern luminaries looks solemnly and prayerfully on. Underscoring the Confederacy’s commonly held conviction that the North was making war on the South as much for profit as for slave liberation, overfed representatives of "The Holy Cause of the Contractors" stand barely visible in the far right background.
Data Source
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