Christmas Present. Guaranteed original antique print from the Illustrated London News, dated 1862, of the ‘Christmas Present’ an image by Victorian artist George Housman Thomas.
George Housman Thomas (London December 17, 1824 – Boulogne-sur-Mer July 21, 1868), was an English engraver, illustrator and Victorian era painter. He was born in London in 1824 and after an apprenticeship there to a wood engraver, George Bonner, he began work in Paris, first as an engraver, then as a draughtsman on wood. In 1846 he went to the United States to illustrate a New York City paper, and remained there about two years. During this time he obtained a commission from the government of the United States to design banknotes. His health compelled him to return to Europe, and he went to Italy. He was present at the siege of Rome by the French in 1849, and sent sketches of the siege to the Illustrated London News. After spending two years in Italy he returned to England. Thomas resided at the boroughs of Kingston and Surbiton till illness caused his removal to Boulogne-sur-Mer, where he died on 21 July 1868.
The Illustrated London News appeared first on Saturday 14 May 1842, as the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine. Founded by Herbert Ingram, it appeared weekly until 1971, then less frequently thereafter, and ceased publication in 2003. The company continues today as Illustrated London News Ltd, a publishing, content and digital agency in London, which holds the publication and business archives of the magazine.