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"A Visit from St. Nicholas"

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Date: 
1862
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
MSS.BV.Moore.1
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"A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel in 1822. Clement Clarke Moore, a theologian and Hebrew scholar, whose large family estate was in the Manhattan neighborhood currently known as Chelsea, has generally been accepted as the author of the poem. Although his claim has sometimes been in dispute, Moore publicly acknowledged authorship in 1838. In 1862, at the request of the Librarian of the New-York Historical Society, he wrote out this manuscript copy of the poem. Moore's Santa Claus, described only a few years after the Alexander Anderson image was produced, has been transformed into a more familiar figure: His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
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1862
eMuseum Object ID: 
67994
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The sketch book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Classification: 
Date: 
1819
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
Description: 
New York, New York: Printed by C.S. Van Winkle, 101 Greenwich St., 1819
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.Y1819.Irv.Ske
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Washington Irving, a young unknown writer, was present at the 1810 meeting of the New-York Historical Society, and two years later dedicated his satirical Knickerbocker's History to his hosts. In it, he referred to "the good St. Nicholas" who came riding in a wagon over the treetops to distribute gifts to children, identifying the figure with the traditions of Dutch New York. His immensely popular Sketchbook essays published in parts between 1819 and 1820, included chapters with vivid descriptions of the great Christmas celebrations at an English manor house, Bracebridge Hall. Holiday observances in America began to incorporate many of the British traditions described by W. Irving, including domestic feasting and holiday decorations.
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0
Date End: 
1819
eMuseum Object ID: 
67993
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Old Christmas : from the Sketch book of Washington Irving

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Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
1878
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 in. (19 cm)
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.PS2069.C4
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1878
eMuseum Object ID: 
67992
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"St. Nicholas. Dec. 6th. A.D. 343"

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Date: 
1810
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Overall: 11 x 7 1/2 in. (28 x 19 cm)
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Printed for the New-York Historical Society, New York: 1810. Reprinted by Alexander Anderson, 1864.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.SY.1810.94
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This broadside, engraved by Dr. Alexander Anderson in 1810 and re-engraved by the artist in 1864, was distributed to the New-York Historical Society for its first celebration of the Festival of St. Nicholas on December 6th, 1810. The saint here retains his traditional religious clothing and pose, but the hearth, drawn as a traditional Dutch fireside, with a teakettle, stack of waffles, household cat, and stockings filled with gifts for the good girl perched above, and - on the right - birch rods for the naughty boy next to her - closely resembles the fireplace that would become an essential feature of American Christmas celebrations. (In many European countries, Santa's gifts were - and are - placed on bedposts or in wooden shoes). A children's song in Dutch accompanies the image.
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0
Date End: 
1810
eMuseum Object ID: 
67991
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Heedless Johnny

Classification: 
Date: 
1870
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Description: 
Peter Prim's series.
Credit Line: 
The New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.YC1870.Hee
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0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
67205
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Miss Vanity's Holiday

Classification: 
Date: 
After 1859
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 13/16 in. (30 cm)
Credit Line: 
The New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.YC-f18.Mis
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1859
eMuseum Object ID: 
67204
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The Fairy Gift

Classification: 
Date: 
1939-1940
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Credit Line: 
The New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.YC1838.Fairy
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1940
eMuseum Object ID: 
67203
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The Dog's Grand Dinner Party

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1869
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
Description: 
Dame Dingle's series.
Credit Line: 
The New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.YC1869.Dog
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1869
eMuseum Object ID: 
67202
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Groups of statuary

Classification: 
Date: 
1877
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 3/4 × 9 5/8 in. (29.8 × 24.4 cm)
Description: 
Publisher: New York : E. Bierstadt
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.NB237.R65.A41
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1877
eMuseum Object ID: 
67020
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Cato: A Trajedy

Classification: 
Date: 
1713
Medium: 
Book, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 12 x 8 1/2 in. (10.2 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm)
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society Library
Object Number: 
LIB.PR.3304.C36.1713
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1713
eMuseum Object ID: 
66999
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