Soldier Waving the Flag

Thomas Nast (1840-1902)

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his splendid watercolor illustration of a soldier victoriously waving an American Flag was created by well-known satirist and cartoonist Thomas Nast, who drew for Harper's Weekly from 1859 to 1860 and from 1862 until 1886. He was known for drawing battlefields in border and southern states during the Civil War, as well as scathingly critical cartoons lambasting Northerners who opposed the war. These attracted great attention, and Nast was called by President Abraham Lincoln "our best recruiting sergeant". In this work, the exhilarated soldier appears to have just won a battle. He is overcome with love for his country, as he wields a flag in one upraised first and his imposing rifle in the other. The image is powerful, and would have worked well to embolden Northerners and possibly encourage enlistment in the armed forces. Nast's political leanings were the backbone of his of his work, and so captivated the public (many of whom were illiterate) that he had as much sway as a politician. His drawings were instrumental in the downfall of Boss Tweed, who so feared Nast's campaign that an emissary was sent to offer Thomas Nast a $500,000 bribe to "drop this Ring business" and take a trip abroad. Declining the offer, Nast pressed his attack, and Tweed was arrested in 1873 and convicted of fraud. Nast was born in the barracks of Landau, Germany in the Rhine Palatinate, the son of a trombonist in the 9th regiment Bavarian band. The elder Nast's socialist political convictions put him at odds with the German government, and in 1846 he left Landau, enlisting first on a French man-of-war and subsequently on an American ship. He sent his wife and children to New York City, and at the end of his enlistment in 1849 he joined them there. Thomas Nast's passion for drawing was apparent from an early age, and he was enrolled for about a year of study with Alfred Fredericks and Theodore Kaufmann and at the school of the National Academy of Design. After school (at the age of 15), he started working in 1855 as a draftsman for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper; three years afterwards for Harper's Weekly. Soldier Waving the Flag Watercolor on paper Signed l.l.: ¿Nast¿ Paper size: 8 1/2¿ x 6 1/2¿ Framed size: 20¿ x 18¿. Bookseller Inventory #

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Book Description No Binding. Condition: Very Good. his splendid watercolor illustration of a soldier victoriously waving an American Flag was created by well-known satirist and cartoonist Thomas Nast, who drew for Harper's Weekly from 1859 to 1860 and from 1862 until 1886. He was known for drawing battlefields in border and southern states during the Civil War, as well as scathingly critical cartoons lambasting Northerners who opposed the war. These attracted great attention, and Nast was called by President Abraham Lincoln "our best recruiting sergeant". In this work, the exhilarated soldier appears to have just won a battle. He is overcome with love for his country, as he wields a flag in one upraised first and his imposing rifle in the other. The image is powerful, and would have worked well to embolden Northerners and possibly encourage enlistment in the armed forces. Nast's political leanings were the backbone of his of his work, and so captivated the public (many of whom were illiterate) that he had as much sway as a politician. His drawings were instrumental in the downfall of Boss Tweed, who so feared Nast's campaign that an emissary was sent to offer Thomas Nast a $500,000 bribe to "drop this Ring business" and take a trip abroad. Declining the offer, Nast pressed his attack, and Tweed was arrested in 1873 and convicted of fraud. Nast was born in the barracks of Landau, Germany in the Rhine Palatinate, the son of a trombonist in the 9th regiment Bavarian band. The elder Nast's socialist political convictions put him at odds with the German government, and in 1846 he left Landau, enlisting first on a French man-of-war and subsequently on an American ship. He sent his wife and children to New York City, and at the end of his enlistment in 1849 he joined them there. Thomas Nast's passion for drawing was apparent from an early age, and he was enrolled for about a year of study with Alfred Fredericks and Theodore Kaufmann and at the school of the National Academy of Design. After school (at the age of 15), he started working in 1855 as a draftsman for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper; three years afterwards for Harper's Weekly. Soldier Waving the Flag Watercolor on paper Signed l.l.: ¿Nast¿ Paper size: 8 1/2¿ x 6 1/2¿ Framed size: 20¿ x 18¿. Seller Inventory # 1977

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