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Artist:
Ole Peter Hansen Balling, 13 Apr 1823 - 1 May 1906  Search this
Sitter:
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 120.3 x 94.6cm (47 3/8 x 37 1/4")
Frame (Without shield & eagle): 188 x 161.9 x 15.2cm (74 x 63 3/4 x 6")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1865
Exhibition Label:
As a young man, Ulysses Grant was not interested in military life, but entered West Point in order to secure an education. In 1854 he resigned his army commission and tried several business ventures, all unsuccessful. Fortunately for the Union, Grant reenlisted at the start of the Civil War. Nothing much was expected of him, now a brigadier general, until he began winning victories in 1862, the first at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, where his terms were "unconditional surrender." Although some said he was not fit for high command because he was known to drink, President Lincoln promoted him to lieutenant general in 1864 and gave him command of all the Union armies.
After the war, Grant recommended a lenient policy of reconstruction, and in 1868 he was elected to the first of his two terms as president of the United States.
Provenance:
The artist until 1875; Hermann Linde, publisher, New York. (Adams, Davidson Galleries, Washington, D.C.); purchased 1967 NPG.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Military  Search this
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Printed Material\Map  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Epaulet  Search this
Equipment\Optical Devices\Binoculars  Search this
Tool\Shovel  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Male  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.67.34
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 111
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.67.34