Political cartoonist Thomas Nast invented the Republican Party’s elephant mascot, but he’s probably best known for his attacks on New York’s Tammany Hall. In The Power of the Press, Nast gives himself credit for the machine’s downfall–he’s perched on top of a printing press crushing New York City mayor A.O. Hall and others. A later cartoon of a fleeing “Boss” Tweed reportedly resulted in the identification and arrest of Tweed in Spain in 1876. An exhibit of Nast’s work is on display this month at the George Ritzlin Gallery, 469 Roger Williams Avenue, in Highland Park. Hours are 10 to 5 Wednesday through Friday and 10 to 4 Saturday. Call 847-433-2627 for more information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Lithograph illustrating “The Power of the Press”.