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Return of Ulysses

Title
Ulysses S. Grant
Artist
Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
1879
Type
Print
Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
49.9cm x 34.5cm (19 5/8" x 13 9/16"), Image
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.87.88
Exhibition Label
Ulysses S. Grant was fifty-five when he left the White House. With no concrete plans for the future, he decided to take a sojourn around the world with his wife, Julia, and young son, Jesse. They would be back in two years, but not before they had visited England and Japan and heard welcoming applause from nearly every country of interest and culture in between. Home again in the fall of 1879, the Grants were celebrated with tokens of esteem, as shown by Thomas Nast in this Harper’s Weekly cartoon of October 11, 1879. Nast based his wood engraving on a line from Homer’s Odyssey: “The Goddess (Minerva) dispersed the mist, and earth appeared; and much-enduring, modest Ulysses was then glad, rejoicing in his own land.”
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a