[VERACRUZ, BATTLE OF]. KELLOGG, E.B. & E.C. Scene in Vera Cruz during the Bombardment, March 25th 1847; [below lower neat line] E.C. & E.B. Kellogg, 144 Fulton St. N.Y. & 136 Main St. Hartford, Conn. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1847 by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. D. Needham, 232 Main St, Buffalo; [at bottom] 295. New York, Hartford, and Buffalo, 1847. Hand-colored lithograph. Neat line to neat line: 20.6 x 31.6 cm; image and text below: 23.5 x 31.6 cm; overall sheet size: 25.3 x 35.5 cm. Slightly browned, one small hole at top blank margin, minor chip to right blank margin.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 572. Kurutz & Mathes, p. 193.
In contrast to the glorious images of Major General Winfield Scott bombarding Veracruz, here we have the horrors of war inside the walls with cannon balls and shells exploding, ancient architecture crumbling, and in addition to soldiers being injured are civilians, including women and children.
The Kellogg firm was active from 1830 throughout most of the remainder of the century in various permutations of family members and others, with headquarters primarily in Hartford, Connecticut. They were outdone in output and popularity only by Currier & Ives. Their prints were colorful, cheap, and aimed at popular culture. Of highest interest at the time was all news of the Mexican-American War.