X

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

An interesting exhibit opens today at the New York Historical Society, "Lincoln and New York". It seems that New Yorkers had a chilly relationship with the revered leader. In a city with 174 daily and weekly publications, New York was a place of strong opinions and Lincoln was a polarizing force that didn't mince words. Walt Whitman commented on the “ominous silence” that greeted Lincoln when he visited New York in 1861. No overt hostility but Whitman wrote, the "silence of the crowd was very significant,” compared with the “wild, tumultuous hurrahs” that typically greeted distinguished personages. In 1864 New York was on the wrong side of history when Lincoln received only 33 percent of the city's vote.

Lincoln and New York opens today at The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

Any excuse to draw Lincoln...What a face!

4 Comments
  1. Pat D
    October 9, 2009 -

    Hi Larry, I'd like to contribute by saying that Whitman mourned the death of Lincoln in "When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd" and wrote about the "silent sea of faces" as Lincoln's coffin was carried through the streets. I always find it interesting to learn about when two very special people "brush up" against each other and make a mark. Thanks for the picture! Pat

  2. October 9, 2009 -

    I can always count on you to raise the level of culture and intellect. The exhibit does end with Whitman’s elegy, but I was unfamiliar until I just now read it. Thanks Pat.

  3. October 9, 2009 -

    And how well you captured that face! I wasn't aware of how NY felt towards Lincoln--fascinating! I did study Whitman's poem in college, though I'd forgotten about that. Wonderful lines--both in the drawing and the poem!

  4. October 9, 2009 -

    Thanks Sue!