Composed as a commemorative image, this work was aimed at Northerners mourning a lost president. Lincoln and his youngest son, Tad, appear at right, with Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert, an older son who served in the army, at left. The likenesses of Tad and the president derive from a photograph Anthony Berger took in Mathew Brady’s Washington gallery on February 9, 1864, a few days before the president’s fifty-fifth birthday. The bible that Lincoln reads introduces a spiritual tone—in the photograph the president peruses an album—heightened by the small landscape on the back wall that depicts a ship sailing toward the setting sun, watched by a lone figure on shore.
Inscription: In stone, within image lower right: "G. Thomas"; imprinted in stone below image, lower left: "LITH. OF CURRIER & IVES"; and at lower right, "152 NASSAU ST. N.Y." Imprinted below image to identify the sitters from left to right: "MRS. LINCOLN. ROBERT. THADDEUS.[sic] PRESIDENT LINCOLN" Imprinted below image, lower center: "Entered according to act of Congress AD1867 by Currier & Ives in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of NY"; then title, in large type, "LINCOLN AT HOME"; and along lower center edge, below title: "NEW YORK, PUBLISHED BY CURRIER & IVES, 152 NASSAU STREET."
Marking: On verso lower left, imprinted brown paper label: "A.S. COLGATE/TUXEDO PARK/TUXEDO, N.Y."
Adele S. Colgate (American, 1884–1962); Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American, 1884–1962)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 20, 2013–August 26, 2013.
Peters, Currier & Ives 1883a; Conningham 1970, 3545; Gale 3814
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Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 3545.
Gale Research Company, Bernard F. Reilly Jr. Currier & Ives, A Catalogue Raisonné: A comprehensive catalogue of the lithographs of Nathaniel Currier, James Merritt Ives and Charles Currier, including ephemera associated with the firm, 1834-1907. 1984, cat. no. 3814.