Statesmen, No. 118. "Anything to beat Grant." Mr. Horace Greeley, Candidate for the Presidency of the United States.
by VANITY FAIR
London: Vanity Fair, 1872. Color lithograph. Sheet measures 14 x 9". Accompanying text page with same dimensions. This portrait of Horace Greeley, founder and editor of the New York Tribute, is by the famed cartoonist Thomas Nast. The image is subtitled "Anything to beat Grant," with the accompanying text scathingly describing Greeley as "the anything that has somehow blundered to the surface." Nast's portrait reflects Greeley's characterization as "a plain rather foolish old gentleman": his buttoned vest rides up over his gut, his scraggly beard forms a mane beneath his chin, and crumpled newspapers hang out of the pockets of his shoddy coat. This view of Greeley reflects the controversy over the Democratic convention's endorsement of Greeley as a presidential candidate, as not everyone in the party was on board. The print is in good condition with a very small chip to the lower left corner, not affecting the image. Text printed above and below the image. The British Vanity Fair (1868--1914), a compendium and often critique of Victorian culture, is best known today for its lithographed caricatures of contemporary figures and issues. Its portrait series pictured and described--with both praise and caricature--prominent Victorian and Edwardian politicians, lawyers, doctors, and similar professionals. These images, as well as other series of portraits, accompanies literary and political articles, cultural reviews, serialized fiction, and other standard weekly magazine features. As the publication grew, it turned increasingly toward gossip as a topic, as reflected in the long-running series of portraits. (Inventory #: 265595)
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