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Original Signed Painting By Dean Ellis -- President Ulysses S. Grant Civil War For Sale
This signed original painting is by renowned artist and postage stamp designerDean Ellis (1920-2009). It is ONE-OF-A-KINDand has been in our private collection since we originally commissioned Year:1988 Image Size:21 by 18 inches Overall Size:27 by 24 inches Medium:Oil on MasoniteArtwork is shipped in top-quality shipping box. Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.
Americans were the first people to write into their Constitution the principle of the subordination of military to civilian authority. Yet their heroes -- beginning with George Washington -- have largely been military. No better example of the presence of the military in American history than Ulysses S. Grant. His father procured him an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; his record there was undistinguished, but he did well in the Mexican War. With the outbreak of the Civil War he was called back to service, and won a series of battles that brought him promotion after promotion. Eventually, he led Union armies to victory at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga, then took over command of all the Union forces. With his sights now set on General Lee, Grant knew that his own resources were almost limitless and that Lee's were meager and ever-diminishing, and he embarked upon a relentless offensive. "The art of war," he said, "is simple. Find out where your enemy is and get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and as often as you can." That is what he did. He pounded Lee until he caught him at Appomattox, and the war was over. Nominated to the Presidency, Grant's slogan was "Let us have peace." And he continued the Lincoln policies of reconciliation. His Presidency was far from distinguished, but he was reelected by a landslide and presided over the nation's centennial. In retirement and dying of cancer, he courageously finished his Personal Memoirs.
This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood® Commemorative Cover forThe Shapers of Americaseries issued in 1987.
About the Artist:
Born on Christmas Day in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, Dean Ellis attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1941. World War II interrupted his education and for the next four years he served as an infantryman in the Pacific Theatre. At the end of the war Ellis returned to his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, then completed his education at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1950 Life Magazine selected him as one of 19 promising painters. Ellis designed several stamps for the United States and foreign governments. His U.S. Postage stamps include the 6¢ Arkansas River Navigation, 6¢ Natural History, 6¢ America's Hospitals postcard, 10¢ Jefferson Memorial and 20¢ Flag Over Supreme Court. Ellis showed his work at the Whitney Museum, New York (1949, 1951, 1954), the Metropolitan (1949, 1951), the National Academy (1957, 1959, 1960) and at most of the major museums throughout the United States. In addition, he is represented in 27 private collections in the United States.