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"The Artist's Dream”

Music:
“I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls,” aria from the opera “The Bohemian Girl” (1843) by Michael Balfe
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Adopting a tradition from the art of painting, Nast had included self-portraits in his periodical illustrations since at least 1860, when he covered the Heenan-Sayers championship prizefight in England for the New York Illustrated News.  The first of many self-caricatures in his cartoons appeared in the April 14, 1866 issue of Harper’s Weekly, in the center of the bottom panel of "Grand Masquerade Ball", which was probably, like the surrounding caricatures in the cartoon, based on a Nast painting.  Through his self-caricatures in Harper’s Weekly over the decades, he became one of the most recognizable faces in the United States. 

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