Thomas Nast, an American artist, born in Landau. Bavaria, Sept. 27, 1840. He came to the United States in 1846, and at the age of 14 found employment as a draughtsman on "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Paper." In 1860 he went to England to illustrate the Heenan and Savers prize fight, his sketches appearing in the "Sew York Illustrated Sews." Immediately afterward he went to Italy to follow Garibaldi, entered Naples with him, was present at the sieges of Capua and Gaėta, and executed sketches of the war for the " Sew York Illustrated Sews," the "Illustrated London News, ' and Le Monde Illustre of Paris. Returning to Sew York, he began in July, 1862, ries of war and political sketches in "Harper's Weekly," and since then has been one of the principal artists on that journal. In 1860 he executed for the Bal d'Opera in New York 60 caricatures of prominent politicians, editors, artists, and actors. Some of these pictures measured 3 ft. by 4, others 4 ft. by 6, and all of them were painted in water colors in 30 days. In 1873 he appeared as a public lecturer in leading cities throughout the United States, illustrating his lectures by caricatures drawn on the stage.
Among some of his best known sketches in "Harper's Weekly" are "Santa Clausin Camp" and "Christmas Eve" (1863); "New Year's Day North and South" (1864); "President Lincoln entering Richmond" (1865); and an extended series of political pictures. He illustrated "The Tribute Book" and Nasby's "Swinging round the Cerkle;" contributes a cartoon and other illustrations every month to the "Phunny Phellow;" and has issued annually since 1872 "Nast's Illustrated Almanac".