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Title First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln

Shown from left to right are:
Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war (seated);
Salmon P. Chase, secretary of the treasury (standing);
Abraham Lincoln;
Gideon Welles, secretary of the navy (seated);
Caleb Blood Smith, secretary of the interior (standing);
William H. Seward, secretary of state (seated);
Montgomery Blair, postmaster general (standing);

Edward Bates, attorney general (seated).
Date 1864
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 108 in (274.3 cm). Width: 180 in (457.2 cm).
West Staircase, Senate Wing
Accession number Inventory number 33.00005.000 ( see on gallery's website)
Object history

1877: purchased by Elizabeth Thompson from Francis Bicknell Carpenter for $25,000

1877: ceded to U.S. Government by Elizabeth Thompson
Exhibition history
  • 1864 - East Room, White House, Washington, D.C., United States
  • after 1864 - Rotunda, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., United States
Inscriptions Unsigned
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