1865-Dated, “Proclamation of Emancipation,” Abraham Lincoln Calligraphic Lithographic Broadside Print with Central Vignette, by W.H. Pratt, Davenport, Iowa, Framed, Very Fine.Lithographic Broadside Print in Oval measuring 13.5” x 10.5” (by sight) housed within a 16” x 13” housed in its likely original, partially gilt wooden frame. Original large central Calligraphic Portrait of a bearded President Abraham Lincoln being created from the use of text in the Emancipation Proclamation. Its printed text having portions highlighted to create a unique Portrait of Lincoln. This Portrait is clearly visible within the text, designed by W.H. Pratt. The title of this printed boldly and reads: “Proclamation of Emancipation” and its historic text is written out in calligraphic script form below. This original print remains bold black upon lightly toned heavy period wove print paper with some scattered light tone and its frame shows expected minor nicks and wear. This is the original print concept was created by W. H. Pratt of Iowa, this Lithograph was produced by A. Hageboeck of Davenport, Iowa. The skill to create this image by hand was immense and reflected the highest level of penmanship. We have located a similar original example, offered by a noted Americana dealer, currently priced for sale at $3,800. This current example is ready to be hung on display. A historically significant item for Abraham Lincoln or Black History and Slavery related collectors. SEE: Lincoln Lore, Lincoln National Life Foundation.
Commentary of this Calligraphic Lithographic Broadside Print reads:
“Contemporary with the Spencerian school of penmanship there developed what was known as Calligraphic portraits. The likeness of an individual was reproduced by writing in such a fashion that the main features of the subject were made to stand out in bold relief, yet no lines were written which did not appear in the given text.
The Emancipation Proclamation written out in free-hand has been most often used as a basis for the Lincoln portrait. Possibly the most artistic of all these Calligraphic portraits was one made by W.H. Pratt of Davenport, Iowa”. (See: Lincoln Lore, Lincoln National Life Foundation).