The Old Print Shop

The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet. From the original picture painted at the White House in 1864.

  • ARTIST: Francis Carpenter

  • PUBLISHER: Published by F. B. Carpenter, New York.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: 1866.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 21 1/4 x 32 3/8" (54 x 82 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From a painting by F. B. Carpenter. Engraved by A. H. Ritche. The names of the sitters are listed in the title margin. Named left to right are Edwin M. Stanton, Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln, Gideon Wells, Caleb Smith, William H. Seward, Montgomery Blair, and Edward Bates. Francis B. Carpenter was artist with the most intimate association with Lincoln, having lived for months in the White House, Carpenter was largely responsible for creating the public images of Lincoln as emancipator and family man. Carpenter worked from life sketches and photographs chosen by Mary Todd Lincoln.


  • CONDITION: Fair to poor condition, extremely fragile. Several tears in the margins and soft crack in the right corner of image.