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President Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Ball

President Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Ball

Artist
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Date of Work
March 23, 1861
Medium
Print of wood engravings
Credit
Library of Congress

President Abraham Lincoln'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 "superb costumes of distinguished ladies present" at President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration ball were illustrated in Leslie's on March 23, 1861.

Inauguration ball at Washington, March 4, 1861 - superb costumes of distinguished ladies present on that brilliant occasion / from sketches by our special artists.

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