Lincoln Reading the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet

about 1862–63
Alonzo Chappel (American, 1828–1887)


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (Civil War) 0927

Dimensions

Sheet: 41.0 x 55.7 cm (16 1/8 x 21 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.326

Medium or Technique

Grisaille oil on cardboard monochrome

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Lincoln standing beside table in front of window facing five men at left: Montgomery Blair, Caleb B. Smith and Gideon Welles seated; Edwin M. Stanton and Edward Bates standing. Behind the President at right standing: W. H. Seward and Salmon P. Chase. Lincoln first read a draft for the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet on July 17, 1862, and again on Sept. 22, 1862. The formal Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863.

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA April 11, 1957

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875