Abraham Lincoln

Edward Dalton Marchant8/1/1863

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States until his assassination on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln is depicted as “The Great Emancipator,” seated with the Emancipation Proclamation before him. In the background, a personification of the spirit of liberty is shown trampling and breaking the chains of slavery, foreshadowing the Union victory during the American Civil War, and the end of slavery.

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  • Title: Abraham Lincoln
  • Creator: Edward Dalton Marchant
  • Date Created: 8/1/1863
  • Physical Dimensions: Height- 55 inches, Width- 45 inches
  • Provenance: This portrait was painted from life between February and August of 1863, while the artist lived in a small apartment in the White House. The portrait was intended to hang in the State House (Independence Hall) to remind Philadelphians to support their President during the American Civil War. It hung in the State House briefly, but once the war ended and President Lincoln had been assassinated, it was returned in 1865 to The Union League of Philadelphia, a patriotic society founded in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the American Civil War.
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Rights: The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. For questions regarding usage please contact archives@unionleague.org.
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Internal ID: 1863.1.1


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