Civil War artist William Waud, brother of Harpers Weekly artist Alfred Waud, followed the Lincoln funeral train as it traveled from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. His drawings of ceremonies in cities along the route were used to create wood engravings for Harpers Weekly. This drawing provides a rare glimpse of the actual viewing of Lincolns coffin inside Chicagos City Hall. An inscription on the back of the drawing reads:
Catafalque in the City Hall, Chicago. The ceiling is draped black & white. The walls draped in folds all black with flag trophies at certain distances. The Catafalque is covered with black cloth & velvet all black with silver fringe & stars. Inside of d[itt]o & the pillars white with the exception of the ceiling inside the canopy which is black with white stars cut out through which the light is admitted to fall on the coffin.