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Lincoln and Family

Lincoln and Family
William Sartain, 1843 - 1924
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Samuel Bell Waugh, 1814 - 1885
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Thomas Lincoln, 4 Apr 1853 - 15 Jul 1871
Robert Todd Lincoln, 1 Aug 1843 - 25 Jul 1926
William Wallace Lincoln, 1850 - 1862
Engraving with roulette on paper
Image: 45.3 × 63.5 cm (17 13/16 × 25")
Sheet: 55.7 × 71.7 cm (21 15/16 × 28 1/4")
Mat: 66 × 91.4 cm (26 × 36")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Printed Material\Book
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Home Furnishings\Drape
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Home Furnishings\Mirror
Home Furnishings\Curtain
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Bowtie
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Female
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US
Thomas Lincoln: Male
Thomas Lincoln: Politics and Government\Son of US President
Robert Todd Lincoln: Male
Robert Todd Lincoln: Law and Crime\Lawyer
Robert Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of War
Robert Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister
Robert Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\Son of US President
William Wallace Lincoln: Male
William Wallace Lincoln: Politics and Government\Son of US President
Abraham Lincoln: Male
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Crime\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
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Desmond
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Mary and Abraham Lincoln had three surviving sons when they arrived at the White House in 1861: Robert, Willie, and Tad. Their second child, Edward, had died in 1850, at age three. The oldest, Robert (standing, center), was a student at Harvard University and was away from Washington, D.C., much of the time. “Willie,” who is shown in the framed picture, was a favorite of both parents. A girl playmate remembered him as “the most lovable boy I ever knew, bright, sensible, sweet-tempered and gentle-mannered.” He died of a “bilious fever” (probably typhoid) in 1862, causing enormous anguish for the first couple. The youngest son, Tad, who was doted on by his parents, was described by one of the president’s secretaries as having “a very bad opinion of books and no opinion of discipline.” Based on a painting, this popular print depicts the first family in a moment of quiet domesticity.
Mary y Abraham Lincoln tenían tres hijos vivos cuando llegaron a la Casa Blanca en 1861: Robert, Willie y Tad. El segundo hijo, Edward, había muerto en 1850, a la edad de tres años. El hijo mayor, Robert (de pie, centro), estudiaba en la Universidad de Harvard y pasaba mucho tiempo fuera de Washington D.C. Willie, que aparece en un cuadro al fondo, estaba entre los favoritos de los padres. Una compañera de juegos lo recordaba como “el niño más encantador que conocí, inteligente, prudente, dulce y bien educado”. Willie murió de una “fiebre biliosa” (tal vez fiebre tifoidea) en 1862, causando enorme aflicción al presidente y su esposa. El hijo menor, Tad, era mimado por sus padres; uno de los secretarios del presidente dijo que el niño tenía “muy mala opinión de los libros y ninguna de la disciplina”. Este grabado, basado en una pintura, muestra a la familia en un apacible momento hogareño.
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National Portrait Gallery
Currently not on view