New York: Harper's Weekly, 1877.
Woodcut. Two page centerfold, separate sheets. Each page measures 11 1/4" x 16". Image measures 13 1/2" x 20 1/2"
From the June 16, 1877 edition of Harper's Magazine, page 464-465. The illustration refers to the Russo-Turko War, featuring two armies flanking the banks of the Danube River, between Romania and what was the Ottoman Empire at the time. A skeletal personification of death hovers over the river, described as red in the title - implying bloodshed and showing an anti-war sentiment common in Nast's work.
In good condition. Minor tears and chips to margins.
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.