Abraham Lincoln at Home
Date 1860?
Artist:John Adams Whipple, American, 1822 - 1891
Dimensions Overall: 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (5.7 x 8.9 cm)
Medium Albumen print
Credit Line Gift of David L. Hack and Museum purchase, with funds from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., by exchange
Description The David L. Hack Civil War Photography Collection. A photograph of Lincoln at his home in Springfield. The main feature in the photo is the two story home with the wraparound porch. Lincoln and his two children are sitting on the porch. The text below the photo reads "Lincoln at Home, Farewell Address to his Old Neighbors in Springfield, February 12, 1861." This is from _Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War_ (Hack Collection No. 2].
Exhibition History"Shooting Lincoln: Photography and the 16th President," Chrysler Museum of Art, February 10 - July 5, 2015.
Object Label John Adams Whipple American, 1822−1891 Abraham Lincoln at Home, 1860 Published by Charles Desilver, Philadelphia, Pa., ca. 1865 Albumen print (photograph) Lincoln stands outside his house in Springfield, Ill., with his two youngest sons: ten-year-old Willie at his side, holding the fence to maintain a steady pose, and seven-year-old Tad, mischievously climbing on the corner. Taken in the summer of 1860, the photograph appealed to the public’s curiosity about the presidential candidate and his family life. After the assassination, a publisher reprinted this photo together with the opening lines of a speech Lincoln gave in Springfield in 1861, just before the family moved to the White House. The addition of the quote implies (falsely) that this image depicts a famous turning point in Lincoln’s life. Gift of David L. Hack and Museum purchase, with funds from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., by exchange 98.32.328
Object Number 98.32.328