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Artist:
J. C. Buttre Engraving Company, active 1850 - 1893?  Search this
Copy after:
Lambert Hollis, 1837 - 11 Feb 1923  Search this
Sitter:
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
David Dixon Porter, 8 Jun 1813 - 13 Feb 1891  Search this
William Henry Crook, 1839 - 13 Mar 1915  Search this
Thomas Lincoln, 4 Apr 1853 - 15 Jul 1871  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin, 26 Jul 1823 - 2 Mar 1896  Search this
Medium:
Engraving on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 12 x 16.9cm (4 3/4 x 6 5/8")
Sheet: 15.1 × 22.9cm (5 15/16 × 9")
Type:
Print
Place:
United States\Virginia\Richmond
Date:
1866
Exhibition Label:
With victory for the Union all but certain after the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865, the following day Abraham Lincoln traveled by boat to the Confederate capital, accompanied by a party that included his young son Tad, Admiral David Dixon Porter, and a small contingent of marines. Within moments of disembarking, Lincoln was recognized by a liberated bondsman who shouted, “Bless the Lord, there is the great Messiah! Glory, Hallelujah!” As the president walked from the waterfront to the Virginia statehouse, thousands of the city’s newly freed men, women, and children rushed to see the man they greeted as their liberator. As one contemporary observed, “Probably no mortal ever received such a greeting of prayers and tears and blessing as that which was conferred upon Abraham Lincoln by [those] whom the war had emancipated.” This print was copied after an eyewitness drawing of the jubilation for Lincoln.
Con la victoria de la Unión prácticamente asegurada luego de la caída de Richmond el 3 de abril de 1865, Abraham Lincoln viajó al día siguiente por barco a la capital confederada, acompañado de un grupo que incluía a su hijo Tad, el almirante David Dixon Porter y un pequeño contingente de la marina. Al desembarcar, un esclavo liberto reconoció a Lincoln y gritó: “¡Bendito sea el Señor, ahí está el gran Mesías! ¡Gloria, aleluya!”. Mientras el presidente caminaba desde el embarcadero hasta la sede del gobierno de Virginia, miles de esclavos recién liberados, hombres, mujeres y niños, corrieron a ver al hombre y a vitorearlo como su libertador. Según observó un contemporáneo: “Quizás ningún otro mortal haya recibido una bienvenida de oraciones y lágrimas como la que Abraham Lincoln recibió de aquellos a quienes la guerra había emancipado”. Este grabado es copia de un dibujo que realizó un testigo de aquel gran júbilo por la presencia de Lincoln.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Architecture\Building  Search this
Exterior\Street  Search this
Human Figures\Crowd  Search this
Thomas Lincoln: Male  Search this
Thomas Lincoln: Politics and Government\Son of US President  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Male  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Admiral  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Vice Admiral  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Male  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Communications\Journalist  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Politics and Government\State Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Charles Carleton Coffin: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Massachusetts  Search this
William Henry Crook: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of John O'Brien
Object number:
NPG.2008.34
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2008.34