Photo, Print, Drawing President Lincoln, writing the Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st, 1863 / painted by [David Gilmour] Blythe ; lithogr. and printed in colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O.

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Title
President Lincoln, writing the Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st, 1863 / painted by [David Gilmour] Blythe ; lithogr. and printed in colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O.
Summary
A print based on David Gilmour Blythe's fanciful painting of Lincoln writing the Emancipation Proclamation. Contrary to the title, the proclamation was issued in 1862 and went into effect in January 1863. In a cluttered study Lincoln sits in shirtsleeves and slippers, at work on the document near an open window. His left hand is placed on a Bible that rests on a copy of the Constitution in his lap. The scene is crammed with symbolic details and other meaningful references. A bust of Lincoln's strongly Unionist predecessor Andrew Jackson sits on a mantlepiece near the window at Lincoln's right. A bust of another former President, James Buchanan, who was widely viewed as ineffectual against secessionism, hangs by a rope around its neck from a bookcase behind Lincoln. The scales of justice appear in the left corner, and a railsplitter's maul lies on the floor at Lincoln's feet.
Contributor Names
Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., lithographer
Blythe, David Gilmour, 1815-1865, artist
Created / Published
[Pittsburgh, Pa.] : M. Depuy, no. 21 Wylie St., Pittsburgh, publisher, [1863]
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
-  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
-  Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
-  United States.--Constitution
-  United States.--President (1861-1865 : Lincoln).--Emancipation Proclamation
Headings
Lithographs--Color--1860-1870.
Portrait prints--1860-1870.
Genre
Portrait prints--1860-1870
Lithographs--Color--1860-1870
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Chambers, p. 92
-  The Lincoln Image, p. 105
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1863-1.
-  Exhibited in: "The President and the Tsar" at the Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI, 2008-2009.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : lithograph printed in colors ; image 39.7 x 49.1 cm, on sheet 49.6 x 56 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Ehrgott--President Lincoln ... (B size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 18444 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.18444
cph 3b52929 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52929
cph 3a05801 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05801
Library of Congress Control Number
2004665377
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-18444 (digital file from original item) LC-USZC4-1425 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-2069 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
1 print on wove paper : lithograph printed in colors ; image 39.7 x 49.1 cm, on sheet 49.6 x 56 cm. | A print based on David Gilmour Blythe's fanciful painting of Lincoln writing the Emancipation Proclamation. Contrary to the title, the proclamation was issued in 1862 and went into effect in January 1863. In a cluttered study Lincoln sits in shirtsleeves and slippers, at work on the document near an open window. His left hand is placed on a Bible that rests on a copy of the Constitution in his lap. The scene is crammed with symbolic details and other meaningful references. A bust of Lincoln's strongly Unionist predecessor Andrew Jackson sits on a mantlepiece near the window at Lincoln's right. A bust of another former President, James Buchanan, who was widely viewed as ineffectual against secessionism, hangs by a rope around its neck from a bookcase behind Lincoln. The scales of justice appear in the left corner, and a railsplitter's maul lies on the floor at Lincoln's feet.
Original Format
photo, print, drawing
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2004665377
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Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Lithographer, and David Gilmour Blythe. President Lincoln, writing the Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st,/ painted by David Gilmour Blythe ; lithogr. and printed in colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O. , 1863. [Pittsburgh, Pa.: M. Depuy, no. 21 Wylie St., Pittsburgh, publisher] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665377/.

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Ehrgott, F. &. C. & Blythe, D. G. (1863) President Lincoln, writing the Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st,/ painted by David Gilmour Blythe ; lithogr. and printed in colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O. , 1863. [Pittsburgh, Pa.: M. Depuy, no. 21 Wylie St., Pittsburgh, publisher] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665377/.

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Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Lithographer, and David Gilmour Blythe. President Lincoln, writing the Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st,/ painted by David Gilmour Blythe ; lithogr. and printed in colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O. [Pittsburgh, Pa.: M. Depuy, no. 21 Wylie St., Pittsburgh, publisher] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004665377/>.

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