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Artist:
A. L. Weise & Co., active 1865 - 1912?  Search this
Sitter:
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Julia Boggs Dent Grant, 26 Jan 1826 - 14 Dec 1902  Search this
Frederick Dent Grant, 30 May 1850 - 11 Apr 1912  Search this
Jesse Root Grant, 1858 - 1934  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr., 22 Jul 1852 - 25 Sep 1929  Search this
Ellen Wrenshall Grant, 4 Jul 1855 - 30 Aug 1922  Search this
Medium:
Hand-colored lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 46.4 × 62.9 cm (18 1/4 × 24 3/4")
Sheet: 54.1 × 67.2 cm (21 5/16 × 26 7/16")
Mat: 66 × 91.4 cm (26 × 36")
Type:
Print
Date:
1866
Exhibition Label:
As this print made shortly after the Civil War demonstrates, Ulysses S. Grant, Julia Grant, and their children Fred, Buck, Nellie, and Jesse had achieved a remarkable level of fame before they even entered the White House. But some members of their household remained invisible. Raised on a farm outside of St. Louis, Missouri, that was worked by about thirty enslaved people, Julia Boggs Dent received a chilly welcome when she married into the staunchly abolitionist Grant family. A formerly enslaved woman who worked for the family later recalled that the general “wanted to give his wife’s slaves their freedom as soon as he was able.”
Having relied upon enslaved servants for most of her life, Julia Grant had only supervisory experience with cooking and baking. When as first lady she was asked to contribute a recipe to a charity cookbook, she submitted a friend’s recipe for chicken gumbo.
Como lo muestra esta imagen creada poco después de la Guerra Civil, Ulysses S. Grant, Julia Grant y sus hijos Fred, Buck, Nellie y Jesse tenían ya amplia fama antes de poner pie en la Casa Blanca. Pero otros miembros del entorno doméstico permanecieron invisibles. Julia Boggs Dent se crio en una granja en las afueras de San Luis, Misuri, donde laboraban unas 30 personas esclavizadas, y cuando se integró a la familia Grant, firmes abolicionistas, tuvo una acogida poco entusiasta. Según recordó una esclava que trabajaba para la familia, el general “quería dar la libertad a los esclavos de su esposa tan pronto pudiera”.
Teniendo sirvientes esclavos gran parte de su vida, la experiencia de Julia Grant en la cocina se limitaba a supervisar. Cuando era primera dama le pidieron que aportara a un libro de cocina para un proyecto de caridad, y envió una receta de gumbo de pollo que le dio una amiga.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Chandelier  Search this
Frederick Dent Grant: Male  Search this
Frederick Dent Grant: Military\Army\Officer  Search this
Frederick Dent Grant: Politics and Government\Son of US President  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr.: Male  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr.: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr.: Politics and Government\Son of US President  Search this
Ellen Wrenshall Grant: Female  Search this
Ellen Wrenshall Grant: Politics and Government\Daughter of US President  Search this
Julia Boggs Dent Grant: Female  Search this
Julia Boggs Dent Grant: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US  Search this
Jesse Root Grant: Male  Search this
Jesse Root Grant: Literature\Writer  Search this
Jesse Root Grant: Politics and Government\Son of US President  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Male  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.82.34
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a524be97-790d-41f7-ab4d-b32964a6fd24
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.82.34