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Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Chromolithograph on paper
Image: 33.2 × 18.8 cm (13 1/16 × 7 3/8")
Sheet: 35.4 × 23.1 cm (13 15/16 × 9 1/8")
Exhibition Label:
Born Point Pleasant, Ohio
President Ulysses S. Grant had the good fortune to count one of the nation’s leading political cartoonists, Thomas Nast, among his friends. In part, Grant attributed his presidential victory in 1868 “to the pencil of Nast,” a staunch supporter of both Grant and the Republican Party. Nast developed a camaraderie with the president and the first family, as this watercolor drawing of Grant might suggest. By contrast, 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.
In hindsight, Nast’s drawing of Grant has 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.
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  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
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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NPG, East Gallery 110a
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National Portrait Gallery