Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thomas Nast

I wanted to feature another picture of Thomas Nast. Nast is mostly remembered for his political satire artwork of the late 1800's. He was also responsible for creating our modern image of Santa Claus. The thing I wanted to point out is that he got his start as a war illustrator for Harper's Weekly. I consider him to be the best war illustrator Harper's had, and that is saying a lot, given that Winslow Homer also worked there at the time. 

Harper's Weekly published thousands of Civil War illustrations during the conflict, but I consider the absolute best to be "On to Richmond", shown below. Yes, it was done by Thomas Nast. Click on the illustration and look at the incredible detail in the drawing.


  1. I always check this site as soon as I get to work. Need to give you time to post the pictures. I love going back in history. Thank you for all the work you put into this site.
    Linda in Texas

  2. What an incredible drawing. Note the man in the lower left corner lying on his back with one knee up. What detail.

  3. Linda, Thats what I've said in the past, can't start the day without a look at OPD. The artwork this week is captivating.