"The Declaration of Independence Fulfilled" Lithograph.
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Description"The Declaration of Independence Fulfilled" Lithograph. 15.5" x 22.5" (sight), no place; no date. A rare folio lithograph celebrating the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment by an unknown artist. Includes two vignettes of African-American daily life near the bottom margin. The imprint reads in full: "The Declaration of Independence Fulfilled, March 30, 1870. The Fifteenth Amendment. ‘All men equal before the law.'" It features a black man being taken by the hand by Lady Liberty, who is flanked by several prominent abolitionists such as Charles Sumner, Horace Greely, and Salmon Chase. At the top are two vignettes of President Grant and Vice-President Colfax with the ballot box and Abraham Lincoln at the center. This is the first example of this lithograph we've seen. It is matted and framed to an overall size of 22.25" x 30.25". Not examined outside of the frame.
Condition: 2" closed tear to upper right corner. Uniformly sunned.
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