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Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902  Search this
Vanity Fair, active 1914 - 1936  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Watercolor on paper
Image: 29.8 x 18.5 cm (11 3/4 x 7 5/16")
Mount: 44 x 29.8 cm (17 5/16 x 11 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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It was one of General Ulysses S. Grant's small good fortunes after the Civil War, as he began settling into the White House as the eighteenth president, to count one of the nation's leading political cartoonists, Thomas Nast, as a friend. In part, Grant attributed his election to the presidency in 1868 "to the pencil of Nast"; the cartoonist was a staunch supporter of both Grant and the Republican Party. NastHe developed a camaraderie with the president and the first family, as this watercolor drawing of Grant might suggest. On the other hand, Nast had unleashed all of his satiric talents in criticizing the former administration of President Andrew Johnson for being too lenient toward the unreconstructed former Confederate states. Yet Nast's drawing of Grant has, in hindsight, become a caricature of his "armchair" presidency, one in which he relegated too much authority to untrustworthy subordinates, an interpretation that the artist never intended to suggest.
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Rocking chair  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
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