Francis Schell. “President Lincoln and Family”
Philadelphia: John Dainty, 1865. Mezzotint by A.B. Walter. Steel engraving. 9 3/4 x 13 1/2. Repaired tear into image at left. Else, very good condition. Framed. A/A
This richly engraved print is based on a rendering by Francis Schell, based on Matthew Brady’s famous portrait of President Lincoln reading to Tad. Added to the print are Mary Todd Lincoln and son Robert, shown behind the president. We can assume the book Lincoln is reading is a Bible because the clasps on the back cover represent a typical housing of this book at the time. A portrait of the son, Willie, who died in the White House, is on the far wall. A lovely and touching print issued after Lincoln’s assassination as a memorial; it would have hung in many American homes following the Civil War.