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James Buchanan's Inaugural Ball

James Buchanan's Inaugural Ball

Artist
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Date of Work
March 4, 1857
Medium
Print of a wood engraving
Credit
Library of Congress

James Buchanan's Inaugural Ball

This illustration was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, a successful weekly publication that combined pictures and news. All magazine illustrations originated in artists' sketches, and Leslie's system employed a team of engravers to convert the sketches, enabling him to publish pictures only a week after an event took place. This speed was unheard of in journalism in the mid 19th-century. The building for President James Buchanan's inaugural ball in March 1857, was a temporary structure erected on Judiciary Square. The reported cost of the building was $15,000, and it boasted two rooms: one for dancing and one for eating.

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