Abraham Lincoln Inauguration
The illustration at right is from the January 16, 1861
edition of Harper's Weekly. The illustration is by Winslow Homer, and
is entitled, "The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United
States, at the Capitol, Washington, March 4, 1861 - [From a Drawing Made On
the Spot]". You may click on the picture for an enlarged view.
March 16, 1861 - The Inauguration of
This was no doubt an important assignment for Winslow
Homer, and a step forward for him in his career. The assignment of
attending the presidential inauguration was no small assignment for Homer.
He executed flawlessly, creating this and the other two memorable images
of the inauguration. The illustration shows the unmistakable Homer style.
Notice the 8 bayonets sticking up from the front of the crowd . . . an
unmistakable Homer trademark . . . the cold steel, all at precisely the
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