Thomas Tad Lincoln

Acrylic on wood
9 x 9 x 2 inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Grooms enshrines Thomas Lincoln, called "Tad," who was Lincoln's fourth and youngest son, on the painting on this log face. Lincoln doted on his children. His eldest boy, Robert, was already in college when he took office, but Willie and Tad lived in the White House. In February 1862, just as Grant was scoring major Union victories in Tennessee, both boys came down with typhoid fever. Willie succumbed, and Lincoln and Mary, who already lost another son, Eddie, in 1850, were plunged into grief. The cheerful, rambunctious Tad was a great comfort to Lincoln, who kept him close by his side for the rest of the war.