THE FINAL HOURS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. BURNS, J., painter. Death-Bed of Abraham Lincoln. Oil on canvas, 1866.

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THE FINAL HOURS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
BURNS, J., painter.
Death-Bed of Abraham Lincoln. Oil on canvas, 1866.

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FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOUISE TAPER
THE FINAL HOURS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
BURNS, J., painter. Death-Bed of Abraham Lincoln. Oil on canvas, 1866.
Signed, inscribed and dated "J. Burns N.Y. 1866" at lower right, 122 x 183 cm (48 x 72 in).
Provenance: Sale, American Art Association, The Literary and Artistic Properties of the Late Evert Jansen Wendell (To Be Sold at Unrestricted Public Sale By Order of Mr. Wendell's Executors and for the Benefit of Harvard University), Seventeenth Session, October 21, 1919, lot 4815; Graham Gallery, New York, New York; sale, Christie's East, New York, American Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors and Sculpture, November 14, 1991, lot 41 (as "Lincoln's Last Moments"); acquired from the above by Louise Taper.
Exhibited: The Last, Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 1993-1994; Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL, 1996-1997.
Abraham Lincoln: Railsplitter to Rushmore, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, CA, 2013.

The chaos of Lincoln's final hours was a popular subject of painting and engraving in the period after the assassination. After he was shot at Ford's Theater, Lincoln was taken across the street to the Peterson House where he was attended to by physicians and visited by family, cabinet members, and military leaders. This painting depicts his wife Mary Lincoln flung across the bed, his son Robert Lincoln at the foot of the bed, Andrew Johnson, Edward Stanton, and other cabinet and military figures hovering about.
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