Storming of Chapultepec - Pillow

  • Author: Kendall & Nebel
  • Date: 1851
  • Medium: Original hand-colored lithograph
  • Condition: Good, with paper trimmed to within 3/8" of image.
  • Inches: 10 7/8" x 16 5/8"
  • Centimeters: 27.88 x 42.63
  • Price: $1,675.00

George Wilkins Kendall, Carl Nebel. The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated. Embracing Pictorial Drawings of All the Principal Conflicts by Carl Nebel,... With a Description of Each Battle, New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1851.

The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated was easily the most beautiful nineteenth-century publication relating to the early history of Texas. It was also one of the most historically significant because of its widespread dissemination and because of the reputation of George Wilkins Kendall, editor of the New Orleans Picayune and first American war correspondent. It contains a brief history of the war and hand-colored lithographs based on paintings by artist Carl Nebel.

Kendall was a nineteenth-century Renaissance man—involved in and successful at many things. He was fascinated with early Texas and sought to have it admitted to the Union. He frequently wrote about Texas in the Picayne, participated in the Texan expedition to Santa Fe in 1841, and was taken prisoner there.

When the war with Mexico broke out five years later, Kendall rushed to Texas where he joined the U.S. Army as it marched into Mexico. He wrote numerous dispatches from the front lines which appeared in the Picayune before government couriers could get the information to Washington. Kendall was on hand for most of the important battles of the war.

Dissatisfied with what was written after the war, Kendall began to write a history himself. He contracted with Carl Nebel, a talented German artist he had met in Mexico, to paint pictures of the major battles to illustrate his text. Producing this exquisite work took several years and involved the printing talents of Lemercier, one of the finest lithographers in Paris. The quality of the production was second to none.
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