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
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.