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Prints: Thomas Nast
Celebrating Christmas in Harper's Weekly

Santa Claus by Thomas Nast

SORRY - NAST PRINTS ARE SOLD OUT

One of our country's most influential cartoonists, Thomas Nast (1840 to 1902) is often credited as the creator of the modern-day Santa Claus. Even today, Nash's Christmas-themed imagery for Harper's Weekly and other publications remains an important inspiration for celebrations of the secular holiday. More than anyone else, Nast's work promoted the iconic imagery of a child-centric holiday with an emphasis on magic, merriment, and gifts. Contributing over thirty Christmas-themed illustrations to Harper's Weekly from 1863 to 1886, most of these allude or actually depict a "merry old Santa" as the guiding spirit behind the holiday.

The available prints are all original wood engravings from Harper's Weekly from the 1870s and 1880s with modern hand coloring. All prints are framed in gold wood with double mats. (Some frames may have minor dings.) The prints have not been examined outside of the frames, but appear to be in very good and clean condition, with some minor rippling. Double-page prints have center-fold creases.

photos taken through glass and may show reflections. All prints with excellent color.

 

Santa caught - Thomas Nast

MERRY OLD SANTA CLAUS. Harper's Weekly, January 1, 1881. The essence of Christmas embodied by a jolly elf. Double page with centerfold crease, paper uniformly toned. Frame about 31 by 24 inches. SOLD

 

Thomas Nast - Harper's Weekly

"A CHRISTMAS BOX." Harper's Weekly, December 26, 1885. My personal favorite -- color is great! Three children open their Christmas box to find a suprise. Double page with centerfold crease. Frame about 31 by 24 inches. SOLD

Thomas Nast - Harper's Christmas

A CHRISTMAS SKETCH - "FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING." Harper's Weekly, January 5, 1878. Holiday magic for two. Frame about 19 x 14 inches. SOLD

Santa caught - Thomas Nast

CAUGHT! Harper's Weekly, December 24, 1881. Santa gets a surprise of his own. Frame about 21 x 17 inches. SOLD

Thomas Nast - Harper's Christmas

"TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" - A CHANCE TO TEST SANTA CLAUS'S GENEROSITY. Harper's Weekly, December 30, 1876. Anticipation!
Frame about 20 by 15 inches. SOLD