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    1865 Currier & Ives Engraving "The Death Bed of the Martyr President Abraham Lincoln. 16.5" x 12.5", framed and matted under glass to an overall size of 23" x 19", in fine condition. Though historically inaccurate this poignant scene captures the grief and disbelief of the final moments of Lincoln's life. Though the illustrated room appears spacious, in actuality Lincoln died in a small bedroom in a boarding house across the street from Ford's Theatre. Although as many as ninety people were present in it during the course of the night-long vigil that took place after the shooting, only a handful could occupy the room at any given time. Likewise the image depicts the presence of people who were never there--like Tad Lincoln, the President's youngest son, and Salmon P. Chase, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court--or who were present only briefly, like Vice-President Andrew Johnson. Mrs. Lincoln is also in the picture, though she was not in attendance during her husband's final moments, and in fact had been kept away from the grisly scene as much as possible.

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    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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