Item: Lithograph commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation
Record Number: 996
Call number: Bc 95 N269
Reproduction restrictions: None
Artist: Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902
Printer: The Nast, King & Baird Printers
Date of Original: January 1863
Original Format: Prints › Lithographs
Inscription text: King & Baird Printers, Printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
Inscription location: Recto, bottom left corner
Inscription text: From H.W. Smith 5.15.1865.
Image description: Lithograph of illustration by Thomas Nast commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863. This image appeared as an illustration in the January 24, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly as a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's decree emancipating slaves during the Civil War. At the top of the illustration, the female figure Columbia, an early symbol of the United States, cheers emancipation and a portrait of President Lincoln is inset below. Nast depicts the horrors of slavery on the left-hand side, which feature scenes from a slave auction and whip-weilding plantation master. In contrast, the scenes of the right-hand side show free blacks attending school and gathering with family, as well as suggest harmony between blacks and whites.