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Abraham Lincoln

Franklin Simmons1865

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

Large medallion with profile relief of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States until his assassination on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, in wooden frame. The medallion is similar to ancient Roman coins or Italian Renaissance medals. The unusual color contrast between the golden bronze head and the deep reddish hue of the copper platter, which was probably allowed to oxidize to a darker color prior to being lacquered, makes it also resemble a cameo portrait. This medallion was restored to its original 1865 appearance in the early 1990s.

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  • Title: Abraham Lincoln
  • Creator: Franklin Simmons
  • Date Created: 1865
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter-22.125 inches
  • Provenance: The acquisition is noted in the Union League of Philadelphia's Third Annual Report, thanking ”the gentlemen who placed upon our walls the gallery of medallions in bronze, representing our most distinguished statesmen and soldiers.” The Union League of Philadelphia is a patriotic society founded in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the American Civil War.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. For questions regarding usage please contact archives@unionleague.org.
  • Medium: Bronze

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