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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: 36.4 × 23.8 cm (14 5/16 × 9 3/8")
Sheet: 40.9 × 28.5 cm (16 1/8 × 11 1/4")
Apr 13, 1872
Exhibition Label:
Much to President Grant’s advantage, he found a friend and a veritable spokesperson in Thomas Nast, the talented cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly. In 1872, a scandal involving Grant and Credit Mobilier came to light. Credit Mobilier was a bogus company that siphoned millions of federal dollars for alleged completion of the nation’s transcontinental railway.
With his artist’s pen, Nast came to Grant’s defense, much like the figure of Liberty in this cartoon. Grant’s innate honesty and integrity were never questioned. Yet his poor character judgement and staunch loyalty to conniving friends and political cronies left his administration vulnerable to vice and corruption, which sullied his presidency.
Artwork\Sculpture  Search this
Weapon\Sword  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Equipment\Shield  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Architecture\Column  Search this
Imaginary  Search this
Newspaper  Search this
Cartoon\Political  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Arrow  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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Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery