Last Photograph of General Grant

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John G. Gilman, of Canajoharie, New York, photographed Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) at his summer home at Mount McGregor on July 22, 1885. The photographer came back a few days later, after Grant’s death and photographed Grant’s home inside and out. These photographs were collected and published as Gilman’s Series of Grant Views Taken at Mt. McGregor.  The Graphic Arts Collection owns only one print from the series, labeled Last Photograph of Gen. Grant, Four Days Before Death.

A death mask was made of Grant’s face and Princeton University is fortunate to have one plaster pulled from the mould.
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general grant3John G. Gilman, Last Photograph of Gen. Grant, 1885. Albumen silver print. Graphic Arts Collection GAX 2009.00835