Hand drawn by Alexander simplot during the Civil War of Grant
02 December 2023
Description

Uslysses Grant portrait done during the Civil War and done by Alexander Simplot. Supposedly one of two live sittings he ever did. Only have one photo right now unfortunately.

Dimensions

8x11

Acquired from
Inherited
For sale
Yes
Answered within 5 days
By Anne M.
Dec 07, 12:27 UTC
Fair Market Value
$5,000 - $8,000 USD
Suggested Asking Price $6,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Mikel,

Thank you very much for submitting your item for an online appraisal.

The presented object appears to be a framed pencil on paper portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant. It measures 8 x 11 in. and has been attributed to Alexander Simplot, noted illustrator for Harper's Weekly during the American Civil War, due to the presence of a signature on the left side of the composition. The drawing appears to be in good condition with no severe damage visible in the image provided.

Works by this artist were last seen at auction in 2014 when they exceeded the minimum estimates at Swann Galleries:

https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(CIVIL-WAR--ART)-[Simplot-Alexander]-Battle-of-Corinth?saleno=2344&lotNo=73&refNo=686020

https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(CIVIL-WAR--ART)-Simplot-Alexander-Group-of-our-Prisoners-ta?saleno=2344&lotNo=74&refNo=686025

https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(CIVIL-WAR--ART)-[Simplot-Alexander]-Gun-Boat-Carondolet-Pas?saleno=2344&lotNo=75&refNo=686026

Given the historical significance and quality of your drawing, I would estimate a conditional current fair market value of $5000 to 8000 USD, though retail and asking prices may vary.

I would recommend that you get in touch with our authentication research team to discuss what steps might be taken to confirm the authenticity of this piece, so that it could be sold as an original at auction, if that's the route that you wish to take. You can reach them by email at: [email protected]

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know in the comments section below. Thanks again and have a great day!

Kind regards,
Anne

This is a conditional appraisal, which means that we have not verified the authenticity of this item. Click here to learn more about the authentication resources that Mearto offers.

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