The Assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
A.M. Bailey's American agency, 3, Northumberland Court, Charing Cross, London. [n.d., c.1865.]
Lithograph, very rare with large margins. Printed area 190 x 120mm, 7½ x 4¾".
Head and shoulders portrait of Booth, the American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865. When he shot the President Booth reportedly cried out 'sic semper tyrannis' ('thus always to tyrants'), and as he had recently been performing in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar', these words were understood as an allusion to the death of Caesar. This slogan had been fixed on the Great Seal of Virginia in 1796.
Glen Bowerstock, 'Assassins' play' in Times Literary Supplement, 21 & 28 December 2012
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