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The Death-Bed of the Martyr President, Abraham Lincoln
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Date
1865
Object number
NPG.89.219
Exhibition Label
This deathbed scene shows Abraham Lincoln inside the house of William Petersen, where he was carried after being shot in Ford’s Theatre, just across the street. The bedroom was small and would not have been capable of accommodating all of the visitors shown here. Rather, family members, doctors, and government officials trickled in and out as Lincoln lay unconscious. The president died at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. Fred W. Hicks, III
Artist
Currier & Ives Lithography Company, active 1857 - 1907
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, 13 Dec 1818 - 16 Jul 1882
Thomas Lincoln, 4 Apr 1853 - 15 Jul 1871
Charles Sumner, 6 Jan 1811 - 11 Mar 1874
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 21.6 x 32.7cm (8 1/2 x 12 7/8")
Sheet: 37.8 x 28cm (14 7/8 x 11")
Mat : 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Print