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The playbill is for a 20 February 1861 Academy of Music performance of Un Ballo in Maschera that Abraham Lincoln attended. Lincoln arrived at the opera late - after the first act - but was greeted with cheers from the audience and a performance of the Star-Spangled Banner from the company. The playbill, while damaged at the upper left corner, notes Lincoln's attendance as well as the planned performance of the national anthem. What remains of the playbill has been pieced together and adhered to what appears to be a sheet of laid paper.
The Lehrman Institute. http://www.mrlincolnandnewyork.org/mr-lincolns-visits/new-york-city-february-19-20-1861/ (accessed July 17, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
20 February 1861
23 3/4 X 9 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
ink on paper
verso, top center: [ACADEMY] OF MUSIC / [?] EVENING, FEB. 20, 1861, / [?] NIGHT / [?] [P]RESIDENT ELECT, THE / [?] ABRAHAM LINCOLN / [?] and will visit the Academy of Music this evening. / AMERICAN NATIONAL AIR, / [S]TAR SPANGLED BANNER," / WITH THE ORIGINAL WORDS. / [?] BE SANG by the ENTIRE COMPANY / .... / WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20th, 1861, / Fifth representation of Verdi's last and most celebrated Opera, / UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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