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Captain, Tanner, Farmer, General, Impersonator

Captain, Tanner, Farmer, General, Impersonator
Alternate Title
Ulysses S. Grant
Artist
Unidentified Artist
Copy after
Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
1872
Type
Print
Medium
Chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 33.2 × 18.8 cm (13 1/16 × 7 3/8")
Sheet: 35.4 × 23.1 cm (13 15/16 × 9 1/8")
Topic
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Costume\Jewelry\Chain
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Male
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\General
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\President of US
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.87.78
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.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery