Thomas Nast's Christmas Drawings

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Courier Corporation, 1890 - Art - 69 pages
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Thomas Nast (1840?1902) created the images of Santa Claus which we recognize today. Here are his best-known illustrations of Santa Claus and Christmas. Included are his drawings of Santa perched atop snowy chimneys and his patriotic Civil War drawing, "Santa Claus in Camp." Here are the first illustrations of Santa's workshop at the North Pole, of Santa in his sleigh, of Santa opening his mail and making a record of children's behavior. Here, too, are Nast's gently humorous drawings of children on Christmas Eve, showing them hanging enormous stockings, standing innocently under mistletoe, tracing Santa's route on a map of the world, and waiting up all night to catch a glimpse of Santa.
This volume contains all of the familiar and beloved drawings which appeared in the 1890 edition of Thomas Nast's Christmas Drawings for the Human Race. But for clarity and fine detail, Dover photographed many from issues of Harper's Weekly from 1863 and 1886, in which most of Nast's Christmas drawings originally appeared.

 

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About the author (1890)

Called the "Father of the American Cartoon," Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was an influential caricaturist and political cartoonist. Remembered for his Civil War illustrations in Harper's Weekly, Nast's political cartoons were also instrumental in the downfall of Boss Tweed and the election of President Ulysses S. Grant. He solidified America's picture of Santa Claus by portraying him as a round, twinkly, elfin figure, which he based on descriptions in Washington Irving's writings and Clement Moore's poem "The Night Before Christmas." Nast also popularized the donkey as a symbol representing the Democratic Party and the elephant as a Republican Party symbol.

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