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Lincoln-Douglas Debates, The - limited edition prints
Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858

Signature Canvas Signed & Numbered - $520.00

Signature Canvas Signed Artist's Proof - $650.00

Classic Canvas Signed & Numbered - $690.00

Classic Canvas Signed Artist's Proof - $865.00

Premier Canvas Signed & Numbered, Unstretched - $995.00

Premier Canvas Signed Artist's Proof, Unstretched - $1,250.00

Collector's Canvas Signed & Numbered, Unstretched - $2,995.00

Collector's Canvas Artist's Proof, Unstretched - $3,495.00


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Giclée Canvas Prints
Reproduction technique: Giclées are printed with the finest archival pigmented inks on canvas.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Signature Edition 20" x 20"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100
Signed Artist's Proof • Edition Size: 10

Classic Edition 26 x 26”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 50
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 10

Premier Edition 33” x 33”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 15
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 5

Collector's Edition 41” x 41”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 5
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 2

Historical Information

The indignation which Abraham Lincoln felt about the Dred Scott decision led him back to politics in 1857. In the legendary series of debates for the Senate seat from Illinois, Lincoln was pitted against Stephen A. Douglas, known as “the little giant” because of his prodigious speechmaking ability. Their first encounter took place at Ottawa on August 21, 1858. Lincoln, at 6 feet 4 inches, was more than a foot taller than Douglas. While the fiery, animated Douglas stirred his listeners, Lincoln spoke directly to the hearts and minds of the people with the voice of the common man. Although Douglas prevailed and won the election, Lincoln gained the national recognition that eventually led to the presidency.

Mort Künstler's Comments

The debates before the Civil War propelled Lincoln into national prominence. I placed Lincoln in the foreground to exaggerate his height of 6'4" in contrast to the "Little Giant," who was only 5'3".


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