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Ulysses S. Grant

Artist
Samuel Bell Waugh, 1814 - 1885
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
1869
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite
Dimensions
Stretcher (Verified): 77.5 × 64.3 cm (30 1/2 × 25 5/16")
Frame (Verified): 97.8 × 85.4 × 6.4 cm (38 1/2 × 33 5/8 × 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of the International Business Machines Corporation to the Smithsonian Institution, 1962
Object number
NPG.65.26
Exhibition Label
Born Point Pleasant, Ohio
Artist Samuel Bell Waugh painted this portrait of Ulysses S. Grant just days after he became the nation’s eighteenth president. Waugh’s depiction of Grant in uniform, instead of civilian clothes, was indicative of how most Americans thought of their new president. Whereas Northerners hailed him as a victor and hero, Southerners saw Grant as the Yankee soldier who was most responsible for the Confederate defeat.
Provenance
International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, N.Y.; gift to Smithsonian 1962; transferred 1965 to NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
2019 Paper Rotations
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a