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Currier & Ives, after Anthony Berger]: [Lincoln, Abraham]
FREEDOM TO THE SLAVES PROCLAIMED JANUARY 1st, 1863, BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN
New York: Pubd. by Currier & Ives, 1865. Colored lithograph, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4inches. Mild toning. Several repaired closed tears in margins, three-inch repaired tear extending through caption area (no loss to text). Good. Matted. An engaging handcolored depiction of Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator, based on the portrait photograph of Lincoln by Anthony Berger (Feb. 9, 1864, Brady & Co. Studio). Here, a male slave's shackles fall away as he kneels in gratitude to Lincoln and kisses his hand, while the formerly enslaved man's wife and children look on. "Unlike the biblical quote from Leviticus cited in the caption of this lithograph, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declared freedom only to those slaves in the eleven Confederate states that had seceded. It would require passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in January of 1865 to liberate slaves elsewhere throughout the nation, particularly in the border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware" - National Portrait Gallery. This image did much to make emancipation seem less dangerous to skittish whites at the time, portraying slaves as meek and grateful to their white liberators. Harold Holzer, Gabor Borritt, and Mark Neely, THE LINCOLN IMAGE, pp.102-103. CURRIER & IVES CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ 2311. PETERS, CURRIER & IVES 1889. NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION NPG.83.224. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 2005.100.1116. James Mellon, THE FACE OF LINCOLN (New York: Viking Press, 1979), p.156.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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