Thomas Nast (1840-1902)
Red ochre painted plaster
Overall: 21 x 13 x 6 1/2 in. ( 53.3 x 33 x 16.5 cm )
paper label: "Bust of Thomas Nast (carricaturist) by D'Amore presented by Mrs. Thomas Nast Sept 26/06" signed: proper left shoulder: "A. D'Amore"
Nast, a native of Landau, Germany, was brought to America as a child by his parents. He studied art briefly at the National Academy of Design, and in 1855 joined the staff of "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper." In 1862 he took a job as illustrator and cartoonist with "Harper's Weekly" where his drawings for the next quarter century brought him great recognition. In 1860 Nast sailed to Italy to join Giuseppe Garibaldi in his struggle for freedom and unity, at which time this bust was made.
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Nast
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