Artwork Information

  • Title:

    Can the Law Reach Him? The Dwarf and the Thief

  • Artist:

    Nast, Thomas

  • Artist Bio:

    American, 1840-1902

  • Date:

    dated Jan. 6, 1872

  • Medium:

    Wood engraving

  • Dimensions:

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds donated by the Derby Refining Company, a Unit of Coastal States Gas Corporation

  • Object Number:


  • Display:

    Not Currently on Display

About the Artwork

Nast’s interest in political reform was registered with especial effectiveness in this work in which he compares the dwarf thief, rendered on a tiny scale and dressed in convict’s clothes, with the giant thief for whom “Boss” Tweed is made to serve as the model.