Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 96

Price Realized: $ 3,250
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Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(PRINTS--PRESIDENTIAL.) After a Little While. Hand-colored lithograph, 16 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches, on thin paper as issued; evenly toned, 2-inch closed tear and several marginal chips, expertly rebacked on similarly colored paper. New York: Charles Magnus, [1861?]

Additional Details

We suspect this attractive print was issued very early in Lincoln's presidency, before the fighting started. Lincoln arrives on horseback to a crowd cheering "All is right now! Hurrah!", while a sad-looking Jefferson Davis appears to be dismounting from his own horse. A pair of gallows have been set up, promising "imprisonment for life" for the fanatics of both the North and the South. Two clasped hands appear over the title "After a Little While," suggesting that once Lincoln gets settled in, all of this secession foolishness will be forgotten. Other sources including Reilly have dated this print to 1864 or 1865, but we don't suspect that by that late date any avid Lincoln supporters would be hoping to hang or jail the "northern fanatic." Also, the beard looks quite short and patchy, and the portrait seems to be based on C.S. German's February 1861 photograph (Ostendorf O-43), from Lincoln's last Illinois sitting before he headed east for the inauguration. Provenance: Swann's Lincoln sale, 23 May 1985, lot 173, to the consignor. One other copy traced at auction since. Reilly 1864-29.