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Max Rosenthal. Proclamation of Emancipation. Philadelphia: L. Franklin Smith, 1865. Broadside.

Soon after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863, artists issued works celebrating the historic event. This print, issued by L. Franklin Smith shortly after president’s death, depicts Lincoln as the central figure in the abolitionist cause. Vignettes by lithographer Max Rosenthal (1833-1919) adorn each side of the print, depicting the evils of slavery and the blessings of liberty. Rosenthal, who was born in Poland, studied drawing, lithography, and painting in Paris and settled in Philadelphia in 1849, was known for his drawings and lithographs of distinguished Americans, Civil War battles, and Philadelphia buildings and scenes.

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