The Lincoln Image : Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print

The Lincoln Image : Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print

Description

"The Lincoln Image" documents how popular prints helped make Lincoln's a household face, deliberately crafting the image of a man of the people, someone with whom an ordinary American could identify. Featuring the work of Currier and Ives, John Sartain, and other artists and printmakers, this lavishly illustrated volume pairs original photographs and paintings with the prints made from them. That juxtaposition shows how printmakers reworked the original images to refine Lincoln's appearance. In several prints, his image replaces those of earlier politicians (the nineteenth-century equivalent of being "airbrushed in"); in others, a beard has been added to images that originally appeared clean-shaven. Focusing on prints produced in Lincoln's lifetime and in the iconographically important months immediately following his death, "The Lincoln Image" also includes wartime cartoons, Lincoln family portraits (most of which appeared after the assassination), and renderings of the fateful moment of the shooting at Ford's Theatre. In addition to discussing the prints themselves, prominent Lincoln scholars Harold Holzer, Gabor S. Boritt, and Mark E. Neely Jr. examine the political environment of the nineteenth century that sustained a market for political prints, showing how politics offered spectacle, ritual, and amusement to a nation without organized sports and with only a rudimentary entertainment industry.
A fascinating examination of the relationship between Lincoln's image, the printmakers' craft, and the political culture that helped shape them both, "The Lincoln Image" documents how printmakers both chronicled and shaped Lincoln's transfiguration into an American icon.


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Details

Author(s)
Harold Holzer, G. S. Boritt, Mark E. Neely
Format
Hardback | 264 pages
Dimensions
222 x 279 x 25.4mm | 1,085g
Publication date
01 Apr 2001
Publisher
University of Illinois Press
Publication City/Country
Baltimore, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0252026691
ISBN13
9780252026690