"The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet"

This is a postcard illustration after the painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter depicting Abraham Lincoln's first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before his cabinet. Shown from left to right are Edwin McMasters Stanton, secretary of war (seated); Salmon Portland Chase, secretary of the treasury (standing); Lincoln; Gideon Welles, secretary of the interior (seated); Caleb Blood Smith, secretary of the interior (standing); William Henry Seward, secretary of state (seated); Montgomery Blair, postmaster general (standing); and Edward Bates, attorney general (seated). The front of the postcard bears an incorrect title: "Signing the Emancipation Proclamation." The back of the postcard gives the date as September 22nd, 1862, although Lincoln read an early draft in July 1862. Carpenter painted the original in the State Dining Room of the White House, where he lived between February 5 and August 1, 1864.

September 22, 1862
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Francis Bicknell Carpenter
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