Print promoting Ulysses Grant for president and Schuyler Colfax for vice president, 1868. Lithograph. Currier & Ives, New York. Housed in modern hardwood frame. Titled, NATIONAL UNION REPUBLICAN BANNER, 1868. Center, conjoined portraits of candidates enclosed in wreath with streamer inscribed, GRANT AND COLFAX/ LIBERTY AND LOYALTY/ JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY. Above, displayed eagle with streamer in beak inscribed, FOR PRESIDENT FOR VICE PRESIDENT. Left, American flag and figure of soldier. Right, flag and figure of farmer. The whole made to resemble a parade banner. Light even age toning and some damp stains in margins detract minimally.
In an era when voters' exposure to presidential candidates was largely limited to the written word, a printmaker in New York began issuing, with the election of 1844, a series of lithographs marketed as "Grand National Banners," featuring portraits of the men nominated by each party for the nation's top offices. The modern political poster was born. These election prints are now prized by modern collectors, and we believe are still undervalued. The Grant-Colfax is one of the harder to acquire, and generates spirited bidding when one come up at auction.
This example was acquired from a prominent collector who spared no expense in making a tasteful presentation, framing it to the highest conservation standards. Ready for your wall, or will make an impressive historical gift.