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Antique 1876 Thomas Nast Woodblock Art, signed in image. Thomas Nast Full Page Woodblock Political Cartoon From August 19, 1876 Issue of Harper's Weekly. Interior Page woodblock cartoon, of that Harper's Weekly issue, Titled: "A FINANCIAL LESSON." with satiric content as shown in scan(s). During the American Civil War the British while proclaiming nuetrality allowed the building & arming of Confederate "Commerce Raiders" under various subterfuges. After the war the U.S. pressed these claims with the British government. Senator Charles Sumner, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, originally wanted to ask for $2 billion in damages, or alternatively, the ceding of Canada to the United States. This didn't fly for various reasons & in 1870 a panel of U.S. & British negotiators met to talk. This panels assignment was to resolve the Alabama claims, refinancing, and other international disputes between Canada and the United States by treaty. In 1871 the Treaty of Washington was signed at the State Department and the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty on May 24. In accord with the treaty, an international arbitration tribunal met in Geneva. The treaty included the settlement process for the Alabama Claims, settled disputed Atlantic fisheries and the San Juan Boundary (concerning the Oregon boundary line). Britain and the United States became perpetual allies after the treaty, with Britain having expressed regret over the Alabama damages. This panel depicts the British Lion's & the American Eagle's later dispute about refunding part of the money if not used in settlement of "Alabama" claims. desire. Nast's view, not surpisingly was that the award was ours; all of it with no return for any reason. The image measures approximately 14 inches X 9 inches plus borders & Harper's Weekly masthead. Right side edge shows removal marks/chipping; other edges show light wear, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Signed in image: "TH. NAST." Overall the piece is Very Good. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon". He was the scourge of Democratic Representative "Boss" Tweed and the Tammany Hall Democratic party political machine & of the Democratic Party in general whom he consisdered pro-South traitors. He was also strongly anti-Irish & anti-Catholic Church, since in the 19th century the Irish strongly supported the Demogratic Party & were predominately Catholic. Nast considered the Catholic Church as a threat to American values. According to his biographer, Fiona Deans Halloran, Nast was "intensely opposed to the encroachment of Catholic ideas into public education". Among his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus----based on the traditional German figures of Sankt Nikolaus and Weihnachtsmann----and the political symbol of the elephant for the Republican Party. Contrary to popular belief, Nast did not create Uncle Sam----the male personification of the American people----or Columbia----the female personification of American values----or the Democratic donkey, though he did popularize these symbols through his artwork. Nast was associated with the magazine Harper's Weekly from 1859 to 1860 and from 1862 until 1886. It has been argued by eminent historians that as a political cartoonist, Thomas Nast wielded more influence than any other artist of the 19th century. He not only enthralled a vast audience with boldness and wit, but swayed it time and again to his personal position on the strength of his visual imagination. President Lincoln called Nast "our best recruiting sergeant" for one of his most celebrated cartoons "Compromise with the South", which was directed against those in the North who opposed the prosecution of the American Civil War, as well as, for drawing battlefields in border and southern states. President Grant attributed his victory in 1868 to "the sword of Sheridan and the pencil of Thomas Nast." In the 1872 presidential campaign, Nast's ridicule of Horace Greeley's candidacy was especially merciless. After Grant's victory in 1872, Mark Twain wrote the artist a letter saying: "Nast, you more than any other man have won a prodigious victory for Grant----I mean, rather, for Civilization and Progress." As a crusading civil reformer he helped destroy the corrupt "Boss" Tweed Ring that swindled NYC of millions of dollars. His impact on American public life was formidable enough to profoundly affect the outcome of every presidential election during the period 1864 to 1884. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: Shipping will be billed to winning bidder by Last Chance Auctions in their billing for item(s). Media Mail postage is shown for shipping in the United States. 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ANTIQUE 1876 Thomas Nast Full Page Harper's Weekly

Estimate $25 - $40Jul 14, 2016