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Ball Hughes (1804–1868)
Salon No. 6


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General Grant Proclaiming the Surrender of Richmond

By Ball Hughes, Boston, 1865
Poker work on wood plaque, 30.5 in. by 27 in.

Digital image thanks to Chuck Cordero




General Grant Proclaiming the Surrender of Richmond,detail

By Ball Hughes, Boston, 1865
Poker work on wood plaque, 30.5 in. by 27 in.

Digital image thanks to Chuck Cordero




General Grant Proclaiming the Surrender of Richmond,detail

By Ball Hughes, Boston, 1865
Poker work on wood plaque, 30.5 in. by 27 in.

Digital image thanks to Chuck Cordero




General Grant Proclaiming the Surrender of Richmond,
Detail of the inscription on the back of the panel


By Ball Hughes, Boston, 1865
Poker work on wood panel, 30.5 in. by 27 in.

Pyroengraved inscription on the back reads:

"This Picture of Gen. Grant proclaiming
the surrender of Richmond was burned
with a red hot Poker especially for P. E. Gay, Esquire
July 4, 1856 Ball Hughes, Fecit
[Ed. Note: date is assumed inverted because it should have been 1865, just under two months after Richmond surrendered]
Boston, Mas. U.S."

Digital image thanks to Chuck Cordero




Chuck Cordero acquired the above piece from an estate sale.

There is little known about the piece's provenance other than what appears in the inscription on the back signed by the artist; however, the date inscribed there by the artist appears to be in error as noted in the caption of the last image (immediately above).

The work is by Robert Ball Hughes (1804–1868), the sculptor who did the Alexander Hamilton statue that was burned in the fire of 1835 (for which models remain in the Metropolitan Museum of New York) and miniaturist engraver who modified the Gobrecht design of Lady Liberty, which appeared on many U.S. minted coins from 1840 on.



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