MAGNIFICENT LARGE ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH OF ULYSSES S. GRANT BY ABRAHAM BOGARDUS.
An unusually large late (c.1880) photograph of Grant, post-presidency, in formal dress, sitting and in partial profile. Mounted on thick card with the photographer’s credit and address (“A. Bogardus / 872 Broadway, NY”) on matte below the photo.
The photographer, Anthony Bogardus, was a photographic pioneer, described by the New York Times as “the best-known photographer in the United States” in his prime who took “the first photographs of Gen. Grant, Gen. Hancock, Samuel D. Morse, inventor of the telegraph; Horace Greeley, Henry Ward Beecher, and other equally well-known men.”
The engravers Currier & Ives produced an engraving based on this photograph, calling it “the last and best taken of General Grant".
This very large (approximately 10x16 inches; 10.5x16.5 with mount) photograph also appears to have served as the model for a small carte-de-visit issued at the end of Grant’s life.
Albumen print. Contemporary or near-contemporary printing (1880-1890). On original thick cardboard mount with gilt edges. Archivally framed to an overall size of 17.25 x 23.5 inches. Light wear around edges of mount.
A STUNNING LARGE IMAGE IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
Price: $6,800 .