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    Daniel Powers Whiting Lithograph: "Monterey, As Seen from a House-Top in the Main Plaza, (to the West) October 1846". Plate No. 1 of a Series. New York: G. & W. Endicott, 1847. Black & white lithograph, engraved by Frederick Swinton after Whiting. Image size (not including text): 12.5" x 18.4", sheet size: 15.8" x 20.8", and matted to an overall size of 27.5" x 23.25". Beneath the image are listed highlights included in view: "1. Sierra Madre 2. Mitre Mountain 3. Height on Federation Hill 4. Fort Soldado 5. Height from which shot was thrown from one of the captured nine pounders of the Redoubt, into the main plaza on the 23d..." A total of 12 notes are listed, although the last has been matted out of view. One of a series of five Mexican War views from Whiting's "Army Portfolio". In the Whiting family tradition, the work was limited to no more than 24 sets (quoted by Goodspeed's of Boston: "The Month at Goodspeed's Book Shop", Vol. XXI, nos. 2-3, Nov.-Dec. 1959, p. 43). These views served not only as a primary visual record of the conflict, it was also a fine topographical work that accurately recorded the area during a critical turning point in its history. The engraving is in very good condition, save overall light toning.

    In late 1845, General Taylor's army was camped at Corpus Christi, Texas. By January 1846, they advanced to the United States side of the Rio Grande, where they remained until May, and then marched on to the strongly fortified city of Monterey, which was taken in September. Whiting's work documents this campaign. He originally intended to continue the series beyond the five views, but the rest of the original drawings were lost aboard a steamboat that sank in the Mississippi.

    Daniel Powers Whiting (1808-1892) graduated in 1832 from the U.S. Military Academy, where he received his training as a topographical artist. During the Mexican War, he served under General Zachary Taylor and was promoted to major for gallantry in the battles of Fort Brown, Monterey, Vera Cruz, and Cerro Gordo.


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