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In Robert Walter Weir’s c. 1838 canvas of St. Nicholas, perhaps influenced by a Washington Irving story, the painter envisioned both an enigmatic trickster and a dispenser of holiday cheer. (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

A Mischievous St. Nick from the American Art Museum

The 19th-century artist Robert Walter Weir took inspiration from Washington Irving to create a prototype of Santa Claus

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