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Christmas Illustrations by Thomas Nast


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Harper's Weekly, a newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. Amongst the most famous of the illustrators who worked for the magazine was Thomas Nast, "father" of American political cartoonists. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Nast became the most significant illustrator of American political and social issues, and his pointed images exerted a great impact on public opinion. More than a mere cartoonist, Nast was an innovator of icons, popularizing or instituting many now familiar subjects such as the Republican elephant, the Democratic donkey, John Bull, Uncle Sam, and Columbia. Perhaps his most lasting creation was his interpretation of Santa Claus, modeled from Clement Moore's Visit from Saint Nicholas, which persists as our present-day image of St. Nick himself.

The following prints are wood engravings issued in Harper's Weekly (except as noted). They are uncolored, as issued, and in very good condition, except as noted.


Christmas Box

Double folio:

Folio:




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Other Christmas images, not by Nast.

All are folio size, uncolored wood engravings, except where noted. All are in very good condition, except as noted.




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