Lincoln at Home

Lincoln at Home

Description
In the years following Lincoln’s assassination, lithographic prints depicting the Lincoln family became popular among the Northern American public, often produced as commemoratives during anniversary celebrations. Since the family never sat for a formal portrait, artists relied on earlier photographs of its members to create their compositions, portraying the family members as they would have appeared at the start of Lincoln’s presidency. This hand-colored print produced after the war, depicts the Lincolns seated around a table in a parlor room. On the right, Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie read from a large book on the President’s lap. On the left, Mary Todd Lincoln gazes out of the print as she holds the youngest Lincoln son, Tad. Robert Lincoln sits between his parents, next to a vase of flowers, resting his hand on a book placed on the table. To the right of Lincoln, a classical column represents the pillar of state, signifying Lincoln as a republican statesman. A small toy cannon in the lower left corner of the image is the only reference to the war that dominated Lincoln’s Presidency.
The lithograph was created by Hartford, Connecticut firm of E.C. Kellogg & Company, established in 1850, by Elijah Chapman Kellogg (1811–1881), after the dissolution of Kelloggs & Comstock. The business operated until Elijah again partnered with his brother, Edmund Burke Kellogg (1809-1872), changing the company name back to E.B. & E.C. Kellogg. The work was co-published by Thayer & Company, a lithography firm operated by Horace Thayer, who was born in 1811, in Hartwick, New York. Between 1846 and 1847, he was a partner in Kelloggs & Thayer in New York City. The partnership dissolved in 1847 and Thayer moved to Buffalo, New York, and became a map publisher. In Buffalo, he was involved in a variety of partnerships, most of which co-published Kelloggs prints. By 1859, he returned to New York City, remaining there until 1864, when he moved back to upstate New York.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1863-1866
date made
1865-1870
depicted
Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln, Mary Todd
Lincoln, Robert Todd
Lincoln, Thomas
Lincoln, William Wallace
distributor
Whiting, F. P.
maker
E.B. and E.C. Kellogg
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Measurements
image: 8 in x 12 in; 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3186
catalog number
60.3186
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Children
Furnishings
Glasses
Toys
Family
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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