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Artist:
Currier & Ives Lithography Company, active 1857 - 1907  Search this
Sitter:
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone, 1837 - 1911  Search this
Clara Harris Rathbone, c. 1830 - 1894  Search this
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882  Search this
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
John Wilkes Booth, 26 Aug 1838 - 26 Apr 1865  Search this
Medium:
Hand-colored lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 20.1 x 30.9cm (7 15/16 x 12 3/16")
Sheet: 27.7 x 35.5cm (10 7/8 x 14")
Mat (horizontal): 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Type:
Print
Date:
1865
Exhibition Label:
On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln was attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, accompanied by his wife and their guests, Major Henry R. Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris. That evening, the guard assigned to the president had thought it safe to abandon his post. As a result, John Wilkes Booth found it relatively easy to enter Lincoln’s box and shoot him. As Booth leapt out of the box to the stage about twelve feet below, he caught the spur of his boot on a flag and broke his leg when he landed. Nevertheless, he escaped. It was not until twelve days later that Union soldiers cornered Booth in a barn in Caroline County, Virginia, where he died of a bullet wound.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Architecture\Balustrade  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Bonnet  Search this
Weapon\Gun\Pistol  Search this
Weapon\Knife\Dagger  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag\National\United States  Search this
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Female  Search this
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US  Search this
John Wilkes Booth: Male  Search this
John Wilkes Booth: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor  Search this
John Wilkes Booth: Law and Crime\Criminal\Assassin  Search this
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone: Male  Search this
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Major  Search this
Clara Harris Rathbone: Female  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Crime\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military and Intelligence\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.82.50
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c6aef7da-5d73-4b95-ac8f-acd40a7f908b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.82.50