Boyhood of Lincoln

Painting of a young boy sitting in front of a fireplace reading a book in a dark interior setting.
Eastman Johnson
1868
Johnson shows Abraham Lincoln as a young boy seated before a glowing fire reading a book in a dark rustic interior setting. Painted just three years after Lincoln's assassination, this intimate genre scene reflects widely held conceptions of Lincoln’s commonness and modest upbringing while emphasizing his humanity and high moral character through the virtue of his dedication to hard work and to his intense commitment to learning.
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
1895.90
Monday, August 20, 2018