By Eric Foner
An abridged model of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive learn of the aftermath of the Civil battle, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times e-book Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.
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Davis, a master wood engraver, instructor at Cooper Union, and mentor to many artists, including the noted botanical engraver Anna Botsford Comstock, denigrated Nast’s abilities. Writing to Paine near the turn of the century to offer his memories of Nast, Davis described a visit to the young man’s bedroom. The walls were covered, Davis wrote, with drawings. Even the “closet drawers” bulged with drawings. Nast’s social life is evident in the topic of these drawings: scenes from recent plays. But the style imitated John Gilbert, the English cartoonist, and Alfred Fredericks, with whom Nast studied during his earliest artistic training.
Nast had money in his pocket and an ever-increasing store of professional experience and personal confidence. His political education was not complete, however. The New York Illustrated News offered Nast an assignment that would take him to England, where he would illustrate the Heenan-Sayers boxing match, a fight that pitted an American champion against his British counterpart. Replete with political, ethnic, and popular cultural meaning, boxing matches were extremely popular. For a young reporter, especially one eager to travel but lacking financial resources, it was a plum assignment.
The Nast who struggled to escape a stranger’s unexpected embrace was a vulnerable child in a very tough neighborhood, but the Nast who chased the Big Six was a burgeoning visual journalist who embraced the world around him enthusiastically. What place did the Nast family occupy in this maelstrom of immigrant and native culture? Amid so much change, especially in the Nasts’ economic status, determining their class is difficult, but knowing his class may help to explain why Nast went to work so young.