Christmas Illustrations by Thomas Nast
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.
- "The Watch on Christmas-Eve." January 1, 1876. NA
- "Here We are Again!" January 5, 1878 NA
- "Merry Christmas." January 4, 1879. NA
- "Another Stocking to Fill." January 3, 1880. NA
- "The Christmas Good Boy." January 10, 1880. $350
- "Christmas Fancies - 'Don't You Wish You Wore Stockings?'" December 21, 1881. $325
- "Christmas Flirtation." Supplement, December 23, 1882. $175
- "Hello! Santa Claus!"/"Hello! Little One!" December 20, 1884. NA
- "Santa Claus's Route." December 19, 1885. $325
- "A Christmas-Box." December 26, 1885. $575
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.
- "Decorating the Church." From Every Saturday. January 8, 1870. $95
- "Home for the Holidays." From Every Saturday. December 31, 1870. $125
- Frederick S. Church. "The Goddess of our Kitchen." From Harper's Weekly. December 13, 1884. $150
- W.T. Smedley. "Why we Spent Last Christmas in Town. -- 'I Flew Down to Welcome Them.'" From Harper's Weekly. December 13, 1884. With tear at top. $55
- Henry Sandham. "Clearing The Way For Christmas." From Harper's Weekly. December 11, 1886. Full hand color. $65
- Otto Walter Beck. "Santa Claus Captured." From Harper's Weekly. December 13, 1884. Double folio. $195
- A. Barber. "Lighting the Yule Log." From Harper's Weekly. December 6, 1890. Double folio. With binding holes along center fold. $150
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