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Presidents Day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

Presidents Day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Digital ID: cph 3b37001. Source: b and w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-90652 (b and w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (1,845 kilobytes)

TITLE: National picture. Behold oh! American, your sons the greatest among men / O. Knirsch, Chgo. ; lith. by Chas. Shober, Chicago. CALL NUMBER: PGA - Shober--Behold (C size) [P and P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-90652 (b and w film copy neg.)

SUMMARY: One of the numerous patriotic apotheosis scenes produced in the months following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (The Library's impression of "National Picture" was deposited for copyright on July 18, 1865 months after Lincoln's death.) As in many of these prints, the artist eulogizes the martyr Lincoln by comparison with George Washington. Here the two men stand on a miniaturized continent of North America over which ominous dark clouds part and give way to the divine light of Providence.

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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

The words "Under Providence Washington Made and Lincoln Saved Our Country" appear in the sky. The two figures flank a shield of stars and stripes, which they support and which rests on the symbols of war: a cannon, sword, cannonballs, and shells. Washington holds in his hand the Constitution, and Lincoln his Proclamation of Emancipation. A second, smaller version of the print, drawn by Louis Kurz, was copyrighted later the same year by Shogren and was also printed by Shober. (See "National Picture," no. 1865-8.)

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MEDIUM: 1 print on wove paper: lithograph printed in buff and black ; image 35.8 x 41.5 cm. CREATE, /PUBLISHED: [Chicago : Shober], c1865.

CREATOR: Shober, Charles, lithographer. RELATED NAMES: Knirsch, Otto, artist. NOTES: Title from print. "Entered ... 1865 by E[rick] Shogren ... Illinois."

Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1865-7.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. DIGITAL ID: (b and w film copy neg.) cph 3b37001, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b37001. CONTROL #: 2004665378

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One of the numerous patriotic apotheosis scenes produced in the months following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (The Library's impression of "National Picture" was deposited for copyright on July 18, 1865 months after Lincoln's death.) As in many of these prints, the artist eulogizes the martyr Lincoln by comparison with George Washington. Here the two men stand on a miniaturized continent of North America over which ominous dark clouds part and give way to the divine light of Providence.

The words "Under Providence Washington Made and Lincoln Saved Our Country" appear in the sky. The two figures flank a shield of stars and stripes, which they support and which rests on the symbols of war: a cannon, sword, cannonballs, and shells. Washington holds in his hand the Constitution, and Lincoln his Proclamation of Emancipation.

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