New York: Currier & Ives, 1865.
Original color lithograph. Sheet measures 18" x 13.5"
This 1865 portrait of Abraham Lincoln was issued by Currier and Ives just after the president was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Based on a photograph taken in February 1864 by Anthony Berger, the 'rush' print was issued by Currier and Ives as a tribute to the former President available to mourners all across America.
Many prints such as these were issued by Currier and Ives, with as many as a dozen subtle variations in costume and hair detail. Some even include Lincoln facing the opposite direction. This portrait features Lincoln looking left. The print is in good condition with minor foxing at places.
Currier & Ives called themselves the "Printmakers to the People" and they produced thousands of images that chronicled the growth of the United States. Founded in 1834, Currier & Ives produced high quality lithographs until the business closed in 1907.