UNION PRINT

$400.00

UNION PRINT

Description

The description of this print is copied from the Jack Smith Collection in the Indiana Historical Society. “Steel plates endure, but politics change rapidly. To renew the marketability of this print nearly a decade after its original printing, several of the faces of the principal figures in the original had to be burnished out and replaced by portraits of more pro-Union public figures. The principal revision finds the head of Calhoun supplanted by a crudely drawn Lincoln (center), the portrait based on the BradyCooper Institutephotograph. In addition, Edward Everett(far left) replaces Howell Cobb; W.P. Magnum and William R. King (both seen beneath the outstretched left arm of the angel at top) are replaced by William H. Seward and Benjamin F. Butler; and Major Robert Anderson (directly above the right ear on the Washington bust) is substituted for James Buchanan. The inclusion of Anderson, “hero” of the fall of Fort Sumter in April 1861, suggests that this print was not issued until sometime thereafter, even though Lincoln is portrayed here as clean-shaven.” The print measures 22″ by 29 1/4″. This is the second state printed in 1861. The third state has Lincoln with a beard.