Print promoting George B. McClellan for president and George H. Pendleton for vice president, 1864. Hand-colored lithograph. Currier & Ives, New York. Housed in modern hardwood frame. Titled, "GRAND NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC BANNER. PEACE! UNION! AND VICTORY." Center, portraits of the candidates in wreaths with panels inscribed, GENL. GEO. B. McCLELLAN FOR PRESIDENT; HON. GEO. H. PENDLETON FOR VICE PRESIDENT. Above, temple of Liberty surmounted by eagle with scroll in beak inscribed, E PLURIBUS UNUM, flanked by rows of American flags. Below, shaking hands representing North and South, scene depicting commerce and agriculture, flanked by cornucopias. The whole made to resemble a parade banner.
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 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. Those issued for the consequential 1864 election are among the most desirable and sought after.
A near flawless example with vibrant color, it is framed to conservation standards. Ready for your wall, or will make an impressive historical gift.