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Last Day of Lincoln

John B. Bachelder, Alonzo Chappel, M. David
New York, New York
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overall: 16 3/4 in x 29 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Fine Art


This is a photograph of the 1868 painting by Alonzo Chappel titled "The Last Day of Lincoln" in which are shown all of the people known to have visited President Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed in the Petersen house in Washington, D.C., in the early morning hours of April 15, 1865. The room was very small so that only a few people could get in at a time. The purpose of the painting which was designed by John B. Bachelder was to provide a visual record of all of those who visited Lincoln's deathbed during the hours before his death at 7:22 am on April 15, 1865. Bachelder had each of the visitors pose at Brady's studio for a photograph for Chappel to use for the painting. Forty-seven people are depicted in the painting in varying poses including President Lincoln on the bed and members of his cabinet. Mrs. Lincoln is shown kneeling beside the bed weeping. Robert Lincoln (the oldest son) is standing at the head of the bed holding a handkerchief. Vice President Andrew Johnson is shown seated in a rocking chair at the left of the painting. Mr. Bachelder published a key to the painting identifying all of the individuals portrayed. See 71.2009.081.1825 to view the key to the painting. For more information on other Lincoln deathbed prints with various numbers of visitors present, see Lincoln Lore, number 1517, July, 1964. Copy and paste the following URL into a browser to read the issue online: https://archive.org/details/assassix00linc Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum