Murder & Memory


The Assassination of President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, on the night of Friday, April 14, 1865. Philadelphia: A. Pharazyn, 1865.  Lithograph.

Of the several prints depicting Lincoln’s assassination that were issued in the days and weeks following the tragic event, this hand-colored lithograph is the least accurate in terms of detail and perspective.  In this fanciful depiction, the presidential box, situated about twelve feet above the stage, is presented here at stage level.  Moreover, Lincoln did not stand and hold his head after he was shot, but slumped in his chair and never regained consciousness.

Lincoln Collection   Source unknown.