ENORMOUS SEPIA ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY GENERAL GRANT, WEARING A RIBBON OF MOURNING IN HONOR OF THE RECENTLY MARTYRED PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
(GRANT, Ulysses S.) GUTEKUNST, Frederick, photographer. Photograph signed. No place, 1865. Sepia albumen photograph, measuring 14 by 18 inches; matted and framed, entire piece measures 19 by 24 inches. $25,000.
Enormous sepia albumen photograph portrait, signed “U.S. Grant, General,” with Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst's large printed label affixed to the verso. The image was taken shortly after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox and also Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre; Grant is wearing a mourning ribbon in honor of Lincoln.
The three-quarter-length standing image of Grant in military uniform was taken by Frederick Gutekunst, a Philadelphia photographer, not long after the assassination of President Lincoln. The image has been adorned, probably around the time of printing, with two tiny spots of rouge on Grant's cheeks.
One corner reinforced on verso only. A few minor spots on emulsion, which has been expertly cleaned and restored, not affecting image or signature, making for a superb presentation of what is possibly the largest available photograph of Grant. Beautifully framed.