New York: Currier & Ives, 1865.
Print. Original lithograph. Sheet measures 14" x 10"
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; evenly toned with minor foxing at places, closed tear at lower margin not affecting the image.
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.