black and white portrait of C. G. Gordon

C. G. Gordon

Reference Number:- Godden Number:- Sprake Number:-
go 228 941 Sprake did not record any Grants
Woven on Silk:-
{ribbon with words:}
Soudan    KHARTOUM.    Egypt  1884
Printed at bottom of card:-
cm deep by cm wide

21.2cm high by 12.3cm wide


by Geoffrey Godden:
This very rare Grant silk portrait is mentioned in the 1885 and 1886 back-labels but it is not included in later labels. I have yet to trace a copy of the subject - one of the few Grant portraits not found also in the Thomas Stevens range. General Charles George Gordon (born in 1833) was killed at Khartoum in January 1885.
This silk was of large size and originally priced at 2s.

Other comments:
The silk above has been re-mounted in a new card matt, so it is unknown what words were printed on the card.

On early Grant back labels are listed the designs of "Rt. Hon. W.E. Gladstone", "General Gordon", and "Lord Randolph Churchill". The back label records "These are much larger than others", and are priced at 2 shillings; being four times the price of the usual silk portraits.
A portrait silk of Gladstone conforming to this description is recorded as go226, and with a back label, it is known to have been made by GRANT. Whilst there is not a great deal of similarity to this Gladstone silk, there is enough to also reinforce this silk portrait of Gordon was also made by Grant.

The three GRANT portraits are recorded on this site as:

Rt. Hon. W.E. Gladstone, recorded as go226
General Gordon, shown above as go228, and
Lord Randolph Churchill, recorded as go162.

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