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#313 - Custer’s Last Stand

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Chilling Anheuser-Busch depiction of Custer’s Last Stand
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Vibrant color 41.25 x 31.75 lithograph entitled Custer’s Last Fight, printed circa 1937, with text at the bottom reading: "Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri, U. S. A., World's Largest Brewery, Home of Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch fine beers." Framed to an overall size of 32.5 x 42.5. Scattered creases and some light rubbing and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Twenty years after the Battle of Little Bighorn, Anheuser-Busch commissioned this image by Otto Becker to promote Budweiser, a beer founded the same year as the fight. The original painting was done by Cassilly Adams in 1884, and the lithograph was then prepared by F. Otto Becker in 1889. Depicted center is General Custer wearing fringed buckskin. The majority of the dead appear in the foreground, with the most famous noted in the text in the lower border. Also in the lower border are the General’s various medals and banners alongside a small scene of a Native American on horseback in front of a monument. The litho was first printed and entered into copyright in 1896, as noted in the lower left below the image, and Anheuser-Busch sent it to bars and distributors as an advertisement for their product. It has been reprinted numerous times throughout history due to its immense popularity, and is one of the best-known depictions of Custer's Last Stand. Oversized. RR Auction COA.


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