Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln

 
Subtitle
The Story of a Picture
 
Series Number
 
Author
Francis Carpenter
 

Author Francis Bicknell Carpenter, a New York artist, believed that the Emancipation Proclamation was "an act unparalleled for moral grandeur in the history of mankind." Carpenter had a deep respect for Lincoln's action, and he had an impulse to capture it on canvas, to exalt the moment of the first reading of the proclamation. About a year after President Lincoln made his famous proclamation, Carpenter acted on this impulse. He asked Owen Lovejoy, an Illinois Representative, to arrange for him to paint the subject at the White House—in fact, eventually, to set up a studio in the State Dining Room. On February 6, 1864, Carpenter met Lincoln, and the project began. His extraordinary extended residence in the White House resulted in the painting and in this informative, sometimes moving, 1866 memoir, Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln. The painting hangs today in the U.S. Capitol over the west staircase in the Senate wing.

 
Binding
Paperback
 
Pages
368
 
Dimensions
0x6x9 in
 
Original Publication Year
1866
 
ISBN
9781429015271
 
$23.95
 
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