Death of President Abraham Lincoln - Published by Currier and Ives, New York. Titled "DEATH OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN. AT WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 15th 1865. THE NATION'S MARTYR." Nicely detailed depiction of President Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed; surrounded by government officials, generals, and family, each of whom is identified by name. Mourners include Mrs. Lincoln and her two sons Tad and Rob, Miss Harris, the Surgeon General, MT Chase CJ, Secretary McCulloch, Attorney general, General Halleck, Charles Summer, Secretary Stanton. Stain is present on upper left corner, but in otherwise fine condition. Frame measures 14 1/2 x 17 1/4 actual 10 1/2 x 13 3/8.
Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895) were partners in the firm of Currier and Ives, the most important 19th-century lithographic company in America. Their prints were widely sold across the nation. Nathaniel Currier, born in Roxbury, Mass., was apprenticed in his teens to a Boston lithographic firm. He established his own lithography business in New York City in 1835. The lithographer James Ives, born in New York City, entered into partnership with Currier in 1857. Currier retired in 1888, Ives a few years later; but the firm was carried on by their sons and flourished until 1907. Lithography had begun in America in the 1820s. It was quicker and less expensive than engraving, hence the remarkable success of the firm of Currier and Ives. Soon after setting up business they produced extensive folios, usually based on paintings. Some of the work was crude, but the quality varied considerably.
Inventory Number: POL 028