New York: Harper's Weekly, 1870.
Woodcut. Page measures 16" x 11 1/4". Image measures 11 1/2" x 9 1/2".
A front page political cartoon depicts Pope Pius IX and other clergy standing on the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, looking at the United States in the distance. Front page of the October 1, 1870 edition of Harper's Magazine, Volume XIV - No. 718. Some chips to lower right margin, does not affect image.
Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist and illustrator; credited with devising elephant and donkey symbols of Republican and Democratic parties, and with creating American image of Santa Claus. He largely featured Catholicism and the papacy in Rome, Irish-Americans, and corrupt Democratic politicians (namely Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall institution). This is a great example of his work.