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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
Alternate Title
Memento Mori
Artist
Unidentified Artist
Copy after
Anthony Berger, active 1860s
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Date
1865
Type
Print
Medium
Woodcut on paper
Dimensions
Image: 31.9 × 23.1 cm (12 9/16 × 9 1/8")
Sheet: 34.7 × 24.4 cm (13 11/16 × 9 5/8")
Mat (Verified): 45.8 × 35.6 cm (18 1/16 × 14")
Topic
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Abraham Lincoln: Male
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Abraham Lincoln: Military and Intelligence\Soldier
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.83.236
Exhibition Label
Portraiture became part of the mourning process that followed Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. In the ensuing months, print publishers furnished the image of Lincoln in all guises. This simple, black-bordered Memento Mori recalls many Americans’ first grieving response: to drape funereal bunting, crepe, and flags on doors and windows, often tucking a portrait into the decorations.
Los retratos se convirtieron en parte del proceso de duelo que siguió al asesinato de Abraham Lincoln el 14 de abril de 1865. En los meses siguientes, los impresores de grabados reprodujeron la efigie del presidente en todas las formas posibles. Este sencillo memento mori bordeado de negro recuerda las primeras reacciones de dolor de muchos norteamericanos: colocar paños fúnebres, crespones y banderas en puertas y ventanas, a menudo acompañados de un retrato.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery