Lincoln Reads the Emancipation Proclamation

Francis Bicknell Carpenter lived in the White House for weeks in 1864 researching this painting. To help him, a camera operator from Mathew Brady's studio (probably Anthony Berger) photographed Carpenter with his legs crossed as the pose for William Seward. A photograph of Lincoln taken that same day, February 9, 1864, was used for the portrayal of Lincoln, and portraits by Carpenter of each individual cabinet member were used for the group scene. The finished painting was unveiled on July 22, 1864.

Date:
July 22, 1864
Original Format:
Painting
Item#:
MES01509
Height:
3559px
Width:
5706px
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