Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant

painting of Ulysses S. Grant

Artist: Mark Hess
Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: June 29, 1995

Acrylic on board

Mark Hess conveys the casual familiarity of General Grant in this portrait based on an 1864 photograph. Hess replaced a tent in the original background with a landscape, and he added mother-of-pearl buttons to Grant’s shirt on the recommendation of experts.

Art of the Stamp