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Sarony, Napoleon (1821-1896) [Sepia cabinet portrait of William T. Sherman]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00478 Author/Creator: Sarony, Napoleon (1821-1896) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph signed Date: 13 July 1889 Pagination: 1 cabinet card ; 16 x 11 cm.

Contemporary portrait of Sherman, published in 1888. Seated, upper torso, arms folded. Dated "1889" and signed by Sherman in pencil on front with his inscription on verso to General Frederick Tracy Dent in Denver on 13 July 1889. Dent was Grant's brother-in-law and West Point classmate, and an aide to Sherman (1869-1873). He lived in Denver at this time. This photo was used to design the $.08 Sherman stamp 1890-1894 issue.

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