Republican Wigwam erected at Chicago Illinois U.S./for Delegates to nominate Republican President in/corner Market & Lake Streets __/by Wm Thos Law/May 12th/60; Republican Wigwam at Chicago Ill. U. S. of America/WmThos Law/May 12/60
This watercolor was acquired in London, England along with two views of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the same artist. See correspondence with The Old Print Shop, September 1, 1953 through October 13, 1953.
The Wigwam was a convention center and meeting hall.
The Republican Party held its convention in Chicago on May 16, 1860. They met at the “The Great Wigwam,” a temporary two-story wooden structure located at Market and Lake Streets. The large building held nearly 10,000 people but, following the era’s standard custom, none of the potential candidates, including Lincoln, were in attendance.