Thomas Nast Santa:
1800s, North America

Inspired by Clement Moore's poem, 'A Visit from St. Nick', this Santa is an interpretation by political cartoonist, Thomas Nast of the 1800s. Unlike the gift-bringer of Mr. Nast's German heritage, 'Pelznickel', this one was a jolly, stout fellow as the poem portrays him. Thomas Nast's pen & ink sketches of this Santa appeared in 'Harper's Weekly' magazine at Christmas for many years; and in his book in 1889, 'Thomas Nast's Christmas Drawings for the Human Race'.
He also originated many of the Santa Legends: Santa's home at the North Pole; the writing of letters to Santa; leaving a snack for Santa and Santa spying on childrens' behaviour throughout the year.

16" (40.5 cm) - $215
28" (71 cm) - $415 (by order only)
A stout Santa in a short jacket, pants and stocking