Grant and Lady Liberty


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 Original 1864 Civil War Portrait:

Ulysses S. Grant and Lady Liberty

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ulysses S. Grant and Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

Ulysses S. Grant and Lady Liberty

You are viewing an original 1864 portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant and Lady Liberty.  It is an original leaf from the an 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. The date  is clearly marked on the front of the leaf.  On the day this leaf was printed, the Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War was raging on.

This is a rare and highly collectible illustration.  The print has a portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant being pinned with a medal by Lady Liberty.  The illustration is by Thomas Nast, one of the most celebrated and collected artists of the 1800's.  Nast is responsible for creating the popular image of Santa Claus, and for the Republican elephant.  This is a dramatic and touching illustration.  Above the portrait is a banner that reads "Grant", and has a masthead that includes flags with the names of Grant's victories on the field of battle. To the right is a shield, more flags, a sword and a column labeled "Union".  Above the pair, is an angel.  Grant is pictured in full military uniform, with hat in hand.  The print is captioned, "Thanks to Grant".  The early years of the war did not go well for the North.  Abraham Lincoln had great difficulty in finding a leader with the will and skill to fight the war.  Grant turned out to be the man that was able to turn things around for the North, and this image represents the expression of a grateful nation for the heroism and leadership of this great general.  At the time this leaf was printed, it was becoming clear that under Grant's leadership the war could be won.

This is a special illustration.  It is the front page of a Harper's weekly, so it includes the distinctive masthead.  It will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It is the most collectible of period images of Grant, and one that is particularly displayable.  It will become the center of attention, wherever it is placed.  It would make a wonderful gift for any Civil War buff, or student of General Grant.  This print will not only be cherished by its new owner, but by generations to come.

Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me.  The print is approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I assure you this piece will get noticed! 




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