Framed Print of Abraham Lincoln: Pratt, W. H., designer of print. Lithography by A. Hageboeck

Framed Print of Abraham Lincoln

Pratt, W. H., designer of print. Lithography by A. Hageboeck

Published by A. Hageboeck, Davenport, IO, 1865
Condition: Near Fine
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The bust of Lincoln is cleverly made out by a darkening and lightening of the calligraphic script used in the presentation of the Proclamation of Emancipation in its entirety. Lincoln is not so much as drawn as emerging from the writing like a spectre, yet remarkably, the likeness is unmistakable. Thus the Great Lincoln is shown as the embodiment of his lofty words. The oval print measures at its largest dimensions 32 by 26 cm. It is matted and and very handsomely framed. The frame, with metalwork ornamentation atop oak, is 47 by 41 cm. The print was created shortly after the watershed Proclamation was issued -- within two years -- and it speaks to the jubilation that the pronouncement was greeted in some quarters of the Union. As is well-known, the Proclamation's effect was more indirect and oblique than its lofty words might suggest -- Lincoln was not liberating all the slaves, but only those slaves in the Confederacy, whose territory he had no sway. But what the Proclamation did accomplish was to end any thought in Britain of backing the South, and it also is rightly seen as a major step forward in the final abolition of slavery throughout the United States, culminating in the Thirteenth Amendment ratified in 1865. The paper is toned, with a craggy thin vein that is oddly and inexplicably lighter. Few, though, will find this defect more than minor or disconcerting. The frame is attractive and appropriate. Bookseller Inventory # 004083

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Title: Framed Print of Abraham Lincoln

Publisher: A. Hageboeck, Davenport, IO

Publication Date: 1865

Binding: NA

Book Condition:Near Fine

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