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: Stipple, mezzotint ,and line engraving,

    DATE: 1866.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 21 3/16 x 32 3/16" (53.8 x 81.8 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From a painting by F. B. Carpenter. Engraved by A. H. Ritche. Proof before title, signed in pencil by Francis B. Carpenter and A. H. Ritche. <BR><BR> One of the most important of Lincoln prints, this large engraving after Carpenter's painting had much to do with the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the minds and hearts of Americans. Carpenter, who believed that the Proclamation was one of the great events of the nineteenth century, petitioned Lincoln to create an image of the event and then to publish a print to disseminate knowledge of it. Lincoln, who had made the Proclamation with the intent of it having an important political impact, was enthusiastic in helping Carpenter, even to the extent of letting him use the White House state dining room as a studio for six months.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, printed chine-colle, some toning to the sheet, a rich and beautiful impression.