The Lost Museum Archive
“Satan Tempting Booth to the Murder of the President,” 1865
This lithograph commemorated the death of President Abraham Lincoln by depicting the villainy of his assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth. Standing outside the door to the President’s box at Ford’s Theatre, an elaborately ugly Satan hovers at Booth’s shoulder, while Booth holds the pistol that he fired into the President’s head. The peacock feather between the devil’s horns possibly represents vanity or arrogance.
Source: Library of Congress