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Photo, Print, Drawing The last offer of reconciliation in remembrance of Prest. A. Lincolns. "The door is open for all" / H. Thomas ; lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster, 256 Canal Str., N.Y.

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Title

  • The last offer of reconciliation in remembrance of Prest. A. Lincolns. "The door is open for all" / H. Thomas ; lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster, 256 Canal Str., N.Y.

Summary

  • A sentimentalized allegory "Dedicated to the Memory of our most lamented late President Abraham Lincoln" of the reconciliation of the North and South after the Civil War. Kimmel and Forster also produced two similar exercises in mythologizing recent history: "The Outbreak of the Rebellion" and "The End of the Rebellion" (nos. 1865-19 and 1866-1). Here the recently assassinated President extends his hand in peace toward Jefferson Davis, while pointing toward a small temple where Liberty sits enthroned. Davis also extends his hand, but palm downward, seeming to spurn Lincoln's grasp. Liberty takes the form of a maiden holding a shield and staff with Phrygian cap and wears a crown toward which she gestures proudly. Her temple is set upon a raised platform. On five of its six columns appear the names of the American states. Union general William T. Sherman, assisted by Ulysses S. Grant (on horseback, at left), nails a ribbon with the names of the seceded states onto the sixth column. Attending Lincoln are (from left to right) two bearded Union soldiers, secretary of war Gideon Welles, and secretary of state William H. Seward. In the left distance a fortress flying an American flag overlooks a bucolic scene--with a small cottage, a farmer ploughing his field, and sailboats on the water. On the right, with Jefferson Davis, are (left to right) a mustachioed gentleman (possibly John Wilkes Booth), Confederate general Robert E. Lee, a slave in chains, and a young man holding his hat in his hands. Behind them are crowds of civilians and, in the distance, violent scenes: an army in battle and a house in flaming ruins. The picture is framed with an ornamental border that reinforces the contrast between the right and left portions of the scene. On the left (Lincoln's side) branches of fruit grow in the picture's borders, but on the right are only thorns. In the upper border are olive branches and on the bottom sprigs of oak. Small vignettes also appear in the borders. At top a slave is flogged in an interior; at right a soldier attacks a fallen enemy; at bottom farmers harvest grain; and at left a man sits on a riverbank fishing.

Names

  • Kimmel & Forster, lithographer
  • Thomas, Henry, artist
  • Henry & Wm. Voight (Firm), publisher

Created / Published

  • [New York] : Published by Henry & Wm. Voight, c1865.

Headings

  • -  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865--Death & burial
  • -  Booth, John Wilkes
  • -  Constitutional amendments, fifteenth
  • -  Davis, Jefferson
  • -  Farmers and farming
  • -  Grant, Ulysses S
  • -  Lee, Robert E
  • -  Liberty (personified)
  • -  Sherman, William T
  • -  Seward, William H
  • -  Slaves and slavery
  • -  Temple of Liberty
  • -  Welles, Gideon

Headings

  • Allegorical prints--1860-1870.
  • Lithographs--1860-1870.

Genre

  • Allegorical prints--1860-1870
  • Lithographs--1860-1870

Notes

  • -  Title from item.
  • -  "Entered ... 1865 by Henry & Wm. Voight ... New York"
  • -  The Lincoln Image, p 150
  • -  The Confederate Image, p. 175, 177
  • -  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1865-6.

Medium

  • 1 print on wove paper : lithograph printed in buff, orange, and black with watercolor ; image 37.8 x 43.6 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PGA - Kimmel & Forster--Last offer... (B size) [P&P]

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Digital Id

  • ppmsca 19257 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19257
  • cph 3b48371 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48371
  • cph 3a07045 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a07045

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2004665367

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ppmsca-19257 (digital file from original) LC-USZC2-469 (color film copy slide) LC-USZ62-3558 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

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  • image

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Kimmel & Forster, Lithographer, Henry Thomas, and Publisher Henry & Wm. Voight. The last offer of reconciliation in remembrance of Prest. A. Lincolns. "The door is open for all" / H. Thomas ; lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster, 256 Canal Str., N.Y. , ca. 1865. [New York: Published by Henry & Wm. Voight] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665367/.

APA citation style:

Kimmel & Forster, L., Thomas, H. & Henry & Wm. Voight, P. (ca. 1865) The last offer of reconciliation in remembrance of Prest. A. Lincolns. "The door is open for all" / H. Thomas ; lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster, 256 Canal Str., N.Y. , ca. 1865. [New York: Published by Henry & Wm. Voight] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665367/.

MLA citation style:

Kimmel & Forster, Lithographer, Henry Thomas, and Publisher Henry & Wm. Voight. The last offer of reconciliation in remembrance of Prest. A. Lincolns. "The door is open for all" / H. Thomas ; lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster, 256 Canal Str., N.Y. [New York: Published by Henry & Wm. Voight] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004665367/>.