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The Life of a Civil War Spy:

This is a fascinating Thomas Nast Civil War illustration.  It is entitled "Life of a Spy - In Nine Tableaux." and is an original leaf from an 1863 Harper's Weekly newspaper.  The print features 9 inset images of the life of a Civil War Spy.

Nast's "Life of a Spy - In Nine Tableaux."  (Click on Image for Enlargement)

 It is a superb illustration, with a wealth of interesting content. The inset images include pictures of the spy behind enemy lines collecting information, a picture of him stealing money from a sleeping soldier, his safe return to camp, and images of him sitting around a fire, telling his cohorts of his exploits. His second mission does not go so well. There is an image of him being pursued on horseback. He is then seen being confronted as a spy. The final image shows the unfortunate spy paying the ultimate price for his dangerous line of work- he is hanging by the neck from a tree.

This illustration demonstrates Thomas Nast's talent as a story teller.  His drawings did not just show a picture, they almost always told a story.
 

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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