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Artist:
Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912  Search this
Sitter:
Henry Ward Beecher, 24 Jun 1813 - 8 Mar 1887  Search this
Charles Sumner, 6 Jan 1811 - 11 Mar 1874  Search this
Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler, 5 Nov 1818 - 11 Jan 1893  Search this
John Charles Frémont, 21 Jan 1813 - 13 Jul 1890  Search this
William Henry Seward, 16 May 1801 - 15 Oct 1872  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton, 19 Dec 1814 - 24 Dec 1869  Search this
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, 14 Jun 1811 - 1 Jul 1896  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside, 23 May 1824 - 13 Sep 1881  Search this
James Henry Lane, 22 Jun 1814 - 11 Jul 1866  Search this
John Albion Andrew, 31 May 1818 - 30 Oct 1867  Search this
John Brown, 9 May 1800 - 2 Dec 1859  Search this
Winfield Scott, 13 Jun 1786 - 29 May 1866  Search this
David Hunter, 1802 - 1886  Search this
Medium:
Etching on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 17.9 × 24.8 cm (7 1/16 × 9 3/4")
Sheet: 23.1 × 30.4 cm (9 1/8 × 11 15/16")
Type:
Print
Date:
1863
Exhibition Label:
Adalbert Volck began his Sketches from the Civil War with this comprehensive indictment of the Union cause, titled Worship of the North. Gathered around an altar built of bricks labeled "Puritanism," "Witchburning," "Negro Worship," and "Free Love" are a host of villains responsible for the crusade against the South. As a devil-like Lincoln presides to the right of the altar, abolitionist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher directs his knife toward the white victim being sacrificed to a black idol. While New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley swings incense in the left corner and, behind him, Republican senator Charles Sumner holds a torch to guide Beecher’s knife, a crowd of other northern luminaries looks solemnly and prayerfully on. Underscoring the Confederacy’s commonly held conviction that the North was making war on the South as much for profit as for slave liberation, overfed representatives of "The Holy Cause of the Contractors" stand barely visible in the far right background.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Weapon\Spear  Search this
Baggage & Luggage\Bag  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag  Search this
Weapon\Knife  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Reptile\Snake  Search this
Human Figures\Crowd  Search this
Equipment\Shackles  Search this
James Henry Lane: Male  Search this
James Henry Lane: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
James Henry Lane: Military\Army\Officer\Colonel  Search this
James Henry Lane: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kansas  Search this
James Henry Lane: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Indiana  Search this
James Henry Lane: Politics and Government\Lieutenant Governor\Indiana  Search this
Charles Sumner: Male  Search this
Charles Sumner: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Charles Sumner: Politics and Government\Statesman  Search this
Charles Sumner: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Charles Sumner: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
William Henry Seward: Male  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
William Henry Seward: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\Statesman  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
William Henry Seward: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
Winfield Scott: Male  Search this
Winfield Scott: Literature\Writer  Search this
Winfield Scott: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Winfield Scott: Politics and Government\Public Official  Search this
Winfield Scott: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Winfield Scott: Military\Army\Officer\War of 1812  Search this
Winfield Scott: Military\Army\Officer\Mexican War  Search this
Winfield Scott: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Horace Greeley: Male  Search this
Horace Greeley: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Publisher\Magazine  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
David Hunter: Male  Search this
David Hunter: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Female  Search this
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
John Albion Andrew: Male  Search this
John Albion Andrew: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Albion Andrew: Politics and Government\Governor\Massachusetts  Search this
John Albion Andrew: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Massachusetts  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Politics and Government\Governor\Massachusetts  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Massachusetts  Search this
Benjamin Franklin Butler: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Yachting  Search this
Henry Ward Beecher: Male  Search this
Henry Ward Beecher: Literature\Writer  Search this
Henry Ward Beecher: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Pastor  Search this
Henry Ward Beecher: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Male  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Natural Resources\Explorer  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Politics and Government\US Senator\California  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Politics and Government\Governor\California  Search this
John Charles Frémont: Military\Army\Officer\Major General  Search this
John Brown: Male  Search this
John Brown: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Male  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Male  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Railroad  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Politics and Government\US Senator\Rhode Island  Search this
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Politics and Government\Governor\Rhode Island  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.79.95.A
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.79.95.A