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    [Mexican War] "Battle of Palo Alto", a hand-colored lithograph from George Wilkins Kendall, The War Between the United States and Mexico Illustrated, Embracing Pictorial Drawings of All the Principle Conflicts by Carl Nebel. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1851. Image size 16.75" x 10.75", with margins 23.5" x 17.75"; at left beneath image: "C. Nebel fecit.", at right: "Bayot lith", the number "1" is handwritten in pencil at top right corner. Soiling at wide margins, with creasing and minor tears at all edges, in no way affecting the image; with excellent color and detail, the colorplate is in very good to near fine condition with three tiny ships to the surface a 2.5" scratch mentioned for accuracy's sake. The battle of Palo Alto, on May 8, 1846, was the first major engagement between Mexican and American forces. Fought just north of present day Brownsville, Taylor's forces would quickly dominate with superior cannons and artillery forces. General Mariano Arista would order his forces to a defensive position at Resaca de la Palma

    Kendall, editor and publisher of the New Orleans Picayune, followed Zachary Taylor's army in Matamoras, Mexico until the fall of Mexico City, acting as both a correspondent and as a member of a Texas Ranger company. After the War, he returned to New Orleans and turned his attention to capturing what he had borne witness to in this monumental work. He chose the German Carl Nebel as the artist, and the Paris firm of Rose-Joseph Lemercier as the lithographer. Only 500 copies were printed; the last complete set brought to auction in 2005, sold for $31,200.


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    June, 2008
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