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Assassination of President Lincoln

Assassination of President Lincoln
Joseph Edward Baker, 1835 - 1914
John Wilkes Booth, 26 Aug 1838 - 26 Apr 1865
Clara Harris Rathbone, c. 1830 - 1894
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone, 1837 - 1911
c. 1865
Color lithograph on paper
Image: 24.6 x 35.7cm (9 11/16 x 14 1/16")
Sheet: 30.9 x 37.4cm (12 3/16 x 14 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Portraiture became part of the mourning process that followed Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865. In the ensuing months, print publishers furnished the image of Lincoln in all guises: attended at his deathbed by various statesmen, sitting serenely with his family, or grouped with previous American heroes or presidents. But first, a shocked nation had to grapple with the facts of his assassination and death. The lithograph of the scene at Ford's Theatre re-creates the event, with John Wilkes Booth leaping to the stage after shooting Lincoln. The black-bordered Memento Mori recalls many Americans' first grieving response: to drape funereal bunting, crepe, and flags on doors and windows, often tucking a portrait into the decorations.
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