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The Promise of Peace and Tranquility:
Father Christmas During the Civil War

by Dean Morrissey



Add a little patriotic spirit to your Christmas celebration this year with Dean Morrissey’s The Promise of Peace and Tranquility. After all, the holidays are the time when we focus on all we share and the blessings we have in common in this great country.

During the Civil War, artist Thomas Nast created a Yuletide first: a gift bearing Father Christmas visiting front-line troops, handing gifts out to soldiers and children. Nearly all the elements he included in that 1862 drawing of Santa continue to this day: his sleigh pulled by reindeer, a long white beard, a furry hat, collar and belt. Truly, the iconic American Santa. Thomas Nast's 1862 vision of a star-spangled Father Christmas embodied the spirit of a unified and prosperous nation in the face of the divisive Civil War.

What Dean Morrissey has so remarkably brought to full-color life is just how striking that star-spangled was and how timely the thought of a unified country can be. What could be better in the coming Christmas season than knowing Santa’s pulling for the red, whites and blue, too?

This painting derived from a photo shoot organized by Lord Nelson's Gallery at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg, PA with Kevin Rawlings as the Civil War Santa. Kevin has been portraying the Civil War Santa professionally for over 20 years.


Paper Print: Edition size 450 signed and numbered (s/n)
Image size: 15" x 20"

Canvas Print Small Size: Edition size: 250 s/ n
Image size: 12" x 16"
Price: $165.00
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Canvas Print Large Size: Edition size: 100 s/n
Image size: 21" x 28"
Price: $495.00
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