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A. Lincoln and his Cabinet Signatures Beautifully Presented

The signatures of Abraham Lincoln and seven members of his cabinet, presented in the order that their images appear in the engraving, which is entitled, "The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet / From the original picture painted at the White House in 1864". Engraving measures 34.5" x 24.25" and is matted to 40" x 32".  Accompanied by Letters of Authenticity by PSA/DNA for all cabinet signatures and a Certificate of Authenticity from John Reznikoff for the Lincoln signature. One (almost undetectable) flattened fold down the center. Scattered, superficial, expected, surface scuffs. Small closed tears to edges, not affecting the image at all. Overall fine condition. A remarkable image. 

The signatures, in the order that they appear left to right:

1) Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War (1862-1865), "Edwin M. Stanton"

2) Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, "S. P. Chase"

3) Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, "A. Lincoln / April 24, 1862"

4) Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, "Gideon Welles"

5) William H. Seward, Secretary of State, "William H. Seward"

6) Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior, "Very respectfully / Caleb B. Smith"

7) Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General, "Yrs truly / M. Blair / Washington Jany 31, 1865"

8) Edward Bates, Attorney General, "Nobl Servt / Edwd Bates"

Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900) painted the original oil-on-canvas in 1864 and spent six months in the White House while he painted. The painting is displayed at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. In the painting, Carpenter depicts Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet members reading over the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states in rebellion against the Union in the American Civil War on January 1, 1863. Lincoln presented the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet on July 22, 1862 and issued it on September 22, 1862. The final Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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