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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
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 37 × 23.7 cm (14 9/16 × 9 5/16")
Sheet: 40.2 × 27.8 cm (15 13/16 × 10 15/16")
Oct 18,1873
Exhibition Label:
In the fall of 1873, an economic downturn precipitated the severe national depression that would last through President Grant’s second term. Financial firms on Wall Street began closing, and so did scores of banks that had exhausted their monetary reserves. Grant resisted the appeals of brokers and financers to increase the money supply, and he instead favored a policy of “hard money” backed by gold. Thomas Nast largely supported Grant’s sound money policy, as did the national press. In this cartoon, Nast depicts Grant as a chief of police who is helping the figure of Liberty escape from the ruins of Wall Street.
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Architecture\Column  Search this
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Cartoon\Political  Search this
Human Figures\Symbolic Figure\Liberty  Search this
Architecture\Ruins  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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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery