Ulysses S. Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln, Currier & Ives Print
General Grant Visits Lincoln’s Tomb
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This print, titled General Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln Oak ridge Cemetery Springfield, IL was produced by Currier & Ives in 1868.
Surrounded by lush greenery, Grant stops to contemplate along the path to the tomb of Abraham Lincoln. He is wearing his Union Army uniform, stars adorn his shoulder. The year this print was produced Grant was running for president. This print would serve as a powerful visual linking Grant to the Lincoln legacy. It must have worked, for Grant carried 26 states and won the presidential election that year.
The contest for designing the Lincoln tomb was announced in 1868; construction began in September 1869. The tomb pictured in this print has a close resemblance to the receiving vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. In October, 1874, President Grant delivered a brief speech at the dedication of the tomb. He concluded his remarks with these words to remind his listeners of some of Lincoln’s personal qualities: “With all his disappointments from failures on the part of those to whom he had entrusted command, and treachery on the part of those who had gained his confidence but to betray it, I never heard him utter a complaint, nor cast a censure for bad conduct or faith. It was his nature to find excuses for his adversaries. In his death the nation lost its greatest hero.”
This is one of our favorite prints here at the book shop. It usually sells pretty quickly so we are happy to have it for now.
Print is 8″ x 12 1/2″; matted to 19″ x 15″. Appears to be in very good condition, not examined outside of matting. Photographed through the mylar; a very crisp print in person.
(Currier & Ives) (Ulysses Grant) General Grant at the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln Oak ridge Cemetery Springfield, IL. 1868.
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