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Assassination of President Lincoln
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Date
1865
Object number
NPG.82.50
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.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Artist
Currier & Ives Lithography Company, active 1857 - 1907
Sitter
Major Henry Riggs Rathbone, 1837 - 1911
Clara Harris Rathbone, c. 1830 - 1894
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
John Wilkes Booth, 26 Aug 1838 - 26 Apr 1865
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")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Print