A.H. Ritchie after Brady. "Abraham Lincoln. 16th. President of the United States."
New York: Derby & Miller, 1864-65. 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 (sight) in archival mat in frame 26 x 22. Steel engraving. Credits read, "Photo by Brady" and "Engraved by A. H. Ritchie." Some slight spotting throughout. Framed.
A very strong, patriotic image of Abraham Lincoln emerged at the time of and with the spirit of commitment to the Emancipation Proclamation. When Francis Carpenter was creating his painting and next his engraving of "The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation," participants such as Matthew Brady and Alexander H. Ritchie were committed to that publication as well as this portrait of the president. Associate publishers credited on this print were J.A.Elliot in Boston and George & C.W. Sherwood in Chicago. All three were celebrating Lincoln's accomplishment, and the steel plate survived to later reflect his dignity and fame.