Thomas Nast was one of the most popular artists
of the 1800's. He specialized in political cartoons and satirical
prints. This section is dedicated to some of the best and most
collected, original Thomas Nast Prints. Each leaf is from an original
Civil War Harper's Weekly.
Among the Clouds
is one of most famous and collected of Thomas Nast's Civil War
Illustrations. It is from an original 1863 Harper's Weekly.
Thomas Nast was famous for his satirical art and poignant political
cartoons. This one is unusual in that it is a dramatic illustration
of a Civil War battle. The print is captioned, "The Capture of
Lookout Mountain- General Hooker Fighting Among the Clouds". The
illustration shows an intense battle for Lookout Mountain on a cloudy
December morning. Injured and dieing soldiers are seen on the
ground. A soldier is shown charging up the mountain on horseback,
led by a brave color bearer carrying a tattered flag. In the
background more soldiers are seen, and far in the distance the enemy is
bravely defending the mountaintop. You will not find a more more stunning
original Civil War illustration! Print is 11x16.
This is a
superb Thomas Nast print from an original 1863 Harper's Weekly. The
print is captioned, "The Prisons at Richmond- Union Prisoners at
Belle Isle". The print shows a large group of ghastly, starving
Union prisoners. Guarding the prisoners is a group of robust, well
fed, well dressed, and well equipped Rebels. The Rebels are equipped
with swords, rifles and canons. In the background one Union soldier
is being stomped and tortured. Prints such as this one were widely
circulated in the North, inflaming the population and stimulating the
Union soldiers to bring a quick end to the War. Click on the image
to see an enlargement. You will spend hours studying this one! The
print is 11x16.
Nast is most famous for his illustrations of Santa Claus, and in fact, he
is responsible, probably more than anyone else, for the today's popular
image of Santa. This is one of his earliest portraits of
Santa. The left image shows Santa emerging from the fireplace, with
a big bag of gifts on his back.
The print is captioned,
"The Christmas Morning Furlough- Christmas, 1863", and comes
from an original 1863 Harper's Weekly. It is a fabulous and highly
collectible print. Original Thomas Nast Santa prints are becoming
almost impossible to find, as they are being quickly scooped up by
collectors. This is a particularly important one, because of its
early date and its Civil War content. The center image shows a Union
soldier returning home for Christmas furlough. His son can be seen
wrapped around his leg, and he is being warmly embraced and kissed by his
wife. Friends and family are pictured in the background delighted to
see him. His hat and blanket are seen on the floor. The room is
decorated for Christmas, and has a banner welcoming the soldier
The image on the left has Santa looking at two small
sleeping children. In the lower left is an inset image of the true
Christmas- Christ in the manger at Bethlehem. The lower inset image
shows the family enjoying Christmas dinner, with the Father cutting the
Turkey. The image on the right shows the children on Christmas
morning opening the stockings hung over the fireplace.
This is a stunning print you will not want to
miss. Be sure and click on the small picture to see an enlargement.
While the print is over 130 years old, it shows the Christmas traditions
that endure till today. This is truly a heartwarming print that you will
cherish forever. This is a large 16x22 centerfold print.
Thomas Nast- Little
is another touching, original Thomas Nast Civil War illustration from an
1863 Harper's Weekly. The print shows 8 inset images of the Little
Drummer Boy. The print is captioned, "The Drummer Boy of our
Regiment- Eight War Scenes". The print shows an image of the
adult soldiers playing kindly playing with the child in camp. The
top row of scenes also shows the boy, who looks to be about 11, washing
his face and eating supper. The center left image shows the boy
leaving home, with a tearful mother waving him goodbye. The center
right image shows him home for a visit, with his dog greeting him at the
door. The lower image shows him marching into battle with the rest
of the troops. This is a really nice print showing an unusual aspect of
the Civil War- children in combat. The print is 11x16.
Thomas Nast- The Halt
is a spectacular Thomas Nast print from an original 1864 Harper's
Weekly. The print is rich with interesting historic content, and
shows an exhausted group of Civil War soldiers stopping for a rest at a
small town. A black man can be seen pumping water for the thirsty
men. The man in the foreground is leaning over a barrel while his
friend pours water over his head. A small black boy is shown in the center
of the image. Men can be seen sitting and soaking their feet in a
bucket of water. Covered wagons are shown in the background.
There is so much interesting detail you will want to click on the image to
show it in more detail.