1. Creator/Author:
  2. Republican Club of the City of New York (9)

Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Creator:
Republican Club of the City of New York
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1896
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 17 1/8 in x 12 1/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2006
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This commemorative print features the text of the speech given by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. The first letter of the speech is an illuminated letter F in red ink. The rest of the speech is printed text. A facsimile signature appears at the end. At the head of the title of the speech are reproductions of the front and back of a bronze medal struck from the original dies used to make the gold medal presented to Mary Todd Lincoln in 1866 from the people of France. A rectangular border in gold-colored ink surrounds the images and text. Below the border in the lower margin the text reads, "Souvenir of the Tenth Annual Lincoln Dinner of the Republican Club of the City of New-York, February 12, 1896." On the front side of the medal shown at the top of the print: "Dedie par la democratie francaise a Lincoln president deux fois elu des etats-unis" is embossed around the portrait of President Lincoln; the English translation reads, "Dedicated by the French Democracy. Twice elected President of the United States." The reverse features an image in relief depicting an altar with the following words translated to English: "Lincoln, honest man, abolished slavery, reestablished the Union and saved the Republic, without veiling the Statue of Liberty. He was assassinated the 14th of April, 1865." Below the altar are the following words translated to English: "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity." On one side, a winged woman or Victory rests upon a sword and drapes a wreath over the altar; on the other side, two emancipated slaves, a young boy and a man, offer a palm branch and point to an eagle. A ship and train are depicted in the background. The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection includes one of the bronze medals struck from the original dies. See item number 71.2009.082.0706. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana Statae Museum