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Thomas Worth
Date: 1834 - 1917
Remarks: The comic caricaturist Thomas Worth was born in New York City on February 12, 1834, and grew up in Greenwich Village. Worth's fame as a caricaturist came in the 1850s, when he began doing lithographs for Currier and Ives. In 1852, he contributed to the comic monthly Yankee Notions, and around the same time began doing illustrations for Harper's publications, where his first employer was Charles Parsons. In 1862, Worth illustrated G.W. Nichols's popular Plutarch Restored; he also illustrated an edition of Charles Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop. At Currier and Ives, Worth's depictions of Negro life and of racing scenes were especially popular. Throughout his career, Worth worked for a variety of publishing houses. Worth lived in Islip, Long Island, where he died on December 29, 1917.