Currier & Ives Print General Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln
General Grant Mourns Abraham Lincoln
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This Currier & Ives print, General Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln, is reminiscent of their Lafayette at the Tomb of Washington print from 1845.
General Grant, with shoulder stars very visible and hat in hand, stands outside the tomb of Abraham Lincoln. The tomb bears the words “Our Sacred Dead/Lincoln” above the door. The tomb is reminiscent of Lincoln’s first tomb at Springfield, IL Oak Ridge Cemetery. The print features very well rendered lush greenery.
The title reads General Grant At/The Tomb of Abraham Lincoln/Oak ridge Cemetery Springfield, Illinois. Below the image is PUBLISHED BY CURRIER & IVES Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1868 by Currier & Ives Currier & Ives in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. 152 Nassau St. New York. By 1868, Lincoln had been moved out of his first burial location at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Currier & Ives was America’s premier print maker from 1857 to 1907. At least 7,500 lithographs were published in the firm’s 72 years of operation.
Although not historically accurate, Currier & Ives prints were among the household decorations considered appropriate for a proper home by Catharine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, authors of American Woman’s Home. In 1869, the magazine stated “The great value of pictures for the home would be, after all, in their sentiment. They should express the sincere ideas and tastes of the household and not the tyrannical dicta of some art critic or neighbor.”
When they closed in 1907, the firm was liquidated and most of the lithographic stones had the image removed and were sold by the pound, with some stones’ final home being as landfill in Central Park.
Very good, moderate, even toing, minor foxing to edge-does not impede image.
Currier & Ives Print. General Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln. Lithographic print, 16″ x 12″ (entire, approx). Simply framed.