Lincoln Reading the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (Civil War) 0927


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Grisaille oil on cardboard monochrome

Not On View


Americas, Prints and 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.


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