100 Illustrators that all Illustrators should know: #4
Thomas Nast (1840-1902)
Country: United States
Famous for: The Republican Elephant, Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall political cartoons, Harper’s Weekly magazine
Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist and caricaturist, and is considered to be the ‘Father of the American Cartoon.’ His work became the basis for all political cartoons that would follow, and is well known for his subtle brand of dark humor. This is in addition to creating the now iconic Elephant representation for the Republican party and the basis for what became the modern day Santa Claus. Adding onto this still is the fact that the popularity of Nast’s illustrations were widespread enough to influence public perception, political elections and political policy.