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“The Last Hours of Lincoln” by Alonzo Chappel hangs in the Chicago Historical Society.

Even if the walls were rubber, it would be impossible to shoehorn all the people Chappel painted into the 18×10-foot back bedroom.

The picture is accurate in one aspect though. All of the people pictured did visit the room during President Lincoln’s last hours.

Paintings of the dying and dead were popular in the Victorian age. Chappel’s painting sold well.

Source: Proquest Historic Newspapers, Chicago Tribune, “Artist Drew Two Score and Seven to Lincoln’s Deathbed” by Michael Kilian