Thomas Nast Caricature of "Boss" Tweed Nast, Thomas [1840-1902]. [Tweed, William M., "Boss" (1823-1878)]. Can the Law Reach Him?-The Dwarf and the Giant Thief. New York: Harper's Weekly, January 6, 1872. Attractively glazed and matted 15" x 10" woodcut in handsome 24" x 30" wooden frame, small plaque to center of bottom. Light rubbing to frame, light even toning to background of image. An attractive piece. $500. * This is one of Nast's famous editorial cartoons from Harper's Weekly. An infamous figure in New York City history, Tweed exploited his position as a political leader to amass immense wealth and power. He was a symbol of corruption and the target of urban political reformers. One of these was Nast, who chronicled Tweed's activities in a series of cartoons in Harper's Weekly from 1870 to 1873. Some of the greatest editorial cartoons of the nineteenth-century, and important models for later cartoonists, they played a key role in Tweed's downfall.
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