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The Emancipation Proclamation

Artist
Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Date
1864
Type
Print
Medium
Transfer lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 13.4 x 18cm (5 1/4 x 7 1/16")
Sheet: 24.4 × 30.5cm (9 5/8 × 12")
Mat (horizontal): 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.79.95.V
Exhibition Label
This satirical sketch casts President Lincoln in league with the devil as he drafts the Emancipation Proclamation. Signed on New Year’s Day 1863, the proclamation freed all slaves in the Confederate states. The pictures on the wall purport to show Lincoln in sympathy with radical abolitionist John Brown and with the bloody slave revolt that took place in Santo Domingo at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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