Item #8175 Gen. Geo. A. Custer. Kurz, lithographers Allison.

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Kurz & Allison, lithographers.

Gen. Geo. A. Custer.

Chicago: Kurz & Allison Art Studio, [ca. 1885.]. Hand-colored lithograph, 20.75” x 16.5” plus margins. Recently backed with linen. CONDITION: Very good, damp stain across half of upper margin, no affect on image, a couple small spots.

A very scarce lithographic portrait of General George Custer, made after his death by American lithographers Kurz and Allison of Chicago.

This large, hand-colored shoulder-length portrait is very likely based on a CDV by Matthew Brady, taken on January 3rd, 1865 (see Katz, Custer in Photographs k-50), although Kurz & Allison have softened the gaunt look of Custer’s cheeks. Dubbed “the boy General” during the Civil War—he gained the rank at just twenty-three—Custer later became an aggressive and controversial Indian fighter, embodying America’s westward expansionism until his death in 1876 in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Kurz & Allison Co. was established by Austrian-born Louis Kurz (1835–1921) who, upon immigrating to the U.S., fought in the Union Army and in 1880 established a lithographic firm with William Allison in Chicago. Known for their lithography, which often depicted sensational subjects such as war, fires, natural disasters and even scenes of nude female bathers, the company lasted until Kurz’s death in 1921.

No examples recorded in OCLC.

Item #8175

Price: $1,250.00

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