1865 W.H. Pratt German Calligraphic Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Portrait
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1865 W.H. Pratt German Calligraphic Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Portrait:
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#38358Antique 1865 German language version of W.H. Pratt’s calligraphic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln within the text of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Drawn and Written by W.H. Pratt, Davenport, Iowa. Lithographed by A. Hugebock, Davenport, Iowa. Set in a deeply beveled oval, wood frame with gilded interior edge.
On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves living in areas of the nation under rebellion. This freedom ultimately relied on a Northern military victory and the Proclamation did not affect the millions of slaves living in the Border States that had not seceded. It did, however, recognize the abolition of American slavery as a stated objective of the war and allowed Africa-American men to serve as soldiers in the Union Army. This calligraphic portrait of Lincoln is composed from the words of the Proclamation arranged in an oval. Bolded words from the document form the features of the President’s visage. After Lincoln’s assassination, calligraphic portraits such as this one and other works containing reference to the proclamation were in high demand. This 1865 portrait was designed by Augustus Hageboeck and William H. Pratt. Hageboeck, probably a German immigrant, operated a lithographic shop with his brother in Davenport, Iowa, where they specialized in panoramic views of Midwest cities. W. H. Pratt was born in Massachusetts in 1822, but in 1857, moved with his family to Davenport, Iowa. He headed the Davenport Commercial College, where he taught penmanship, a skill he demonstrated in his execution of this work. In 1867, he helped organize the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences, often including his own engravings in his scientific publications
Good Overall - Gentle wear to frame; discoloration to print
15” x 1.5” x 17.75” / Sans Frame - 11” x 14” (Width x Depth x Height)
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