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Abraham Lincoln


Title: Abraham Lincoln
Artist: Healy, George Peter Alexander    
Date of Work: 1869
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 73 3/4 x 55 5/8 in (187.3 x 141.3 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: G.P.A. Healy / 1869
Acquisition Information: Bequest of Mrs. Robert Todd Lincoln
Acquisition Number: 939.1388.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"[The artist paints the president in a] listening, absorbed pose. ". . . [T]he figure is pulled forward from the murky olive-gray background by the sculptural modeling, the concentration of light upon hands and face, the lack of competing accessories. . . . Healy molds [the chair] to the President's body and turns the gilt wood and red brocade into a perfect foil for the strongly projected figure. . . . "The portrait was painted in Paris and sent to Washington in response to an act of Congress (March 3, 1869) authorizing a Lincoln portrait for the White House."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 167
People: Lincoln, Abraham   
Categories: White House Art Collection, Images of Presidents  
Type: portraits   
whitehousehistory.org:

 A brief biography of President Abraham Lincoln.

Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 85
Date (chronological sort): 1869