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Thomas Nast's Original "New Years 1864" Print

This is a Thomas Nast drawing illustrating New Years day, 1864.  The leaf is from an original January 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly. The illustration shows a variety of images of things the Nation was dealing with at the time.  The left image shows a proud Union Soldier, home from the war and toasting his friends and family. On the right is an image of a desperate Southern Family, crying over the grave of their Father and Husband.  The woman looks both sad and confused, and in the background, another family looks on.  The man has lost his leg.

Thomas Nast New Years 1864

Thomas Nast's New Years 1864 Illustration (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

Surrounding the two main images are a number of smaller illustrations of war and slavery. Slaves in the North are shown celebrating their freedom, while slaves in the South are shown hiding in the woods.  A Union Soldier on Picket duty is shown standing tall and proud, well equipped and well fed.  He has a nice coat.  A Southern Confederate Soldier is shown huddling against a tree, cold and hungry, with a tattered coat. In the usual Nast style, there also heavenly hosts watching over the affairs of the war, both angelic and demonic.

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.  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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