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Thomas Nast's Original "Central Park Winter" Print

This is an intriguing 1864 Thomas Nast illustration entitled "Central Park in Winter".  The illustration would have been a refreshing break from the carnage of the Civil War, which had been the mainstay of Harper's Weekly Illustrations for the previous three years. The leaf is from an 1864 Harper's Weekly, and is over 140 years old.

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Thomas Nast "Central Park Winter"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

The image shows a number of interesting scenes of New York City's Central Park in the winter of 1864.  The central image shows a wonderful scene of the the people of New York enjoying a day of ice skating in Central Park.  It shows a gentleman wearing skates tipping his hat to the ladies.  A sign reads "Danger" over a crack in the ice.  Another man is faring less well, and has fallen on his back.  In the background are a number of people skating effortlessly across the pond.

The upper left inset image shows an image of the Large Pond in Central Park, and shows people skating.  The central left image shows a lady and a gentleman enjoying an evening sleigh ride through the park.  The lower left inset shows a family enjoying refreshments, including Hot Coffee.  The lower center drawing shows a number of horse drawn sleighs skimming through the park.  The lower right picture shows people inside warming themselves beside a wood burning stove.

The image in the center right shows a young man and beautiful woman enjoying a horse back ride through Central Park. The upper right image is labeled "The New York Skating Club, and shows a number of people skating.

The upper central images are perhaps most interesting of all. Thomas Nast was responsible for developing the popular image of "Jack Frost", and this is one of his earliest drawings of Jack Frost. The upper central image shows a drawing of Jack Frost. 

This is an amazing illustration, filled with interesting information on the history of Central Park in winter.

We hope you enjoy this complete Gallery of the Civil War works of Thomas Nast.  We have created this digital archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast.  Please remember that the digitally enhanced images are Copyright Son of the South Material, so do not use them without asking permission.  For more information, contact paul@sonofthesouth.net .

A Note to our Readers

We created this Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for posterity.  We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs available for a price of $250 each.  The proceeds from the sale of the material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our site.  Please contact paul@sonofthesouth.net if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.

 

 

 

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