Nebel’s Battle of Churubusco

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420. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. NEBEL, C[arl]. Battle of Churubusco;[below image] C. Nebel fecit. | Bayot lith; [lower left in image within oval] Entered according to act of Congress. [New York: D. Appleton; Philadelphia: George Appleton; Paris: Plon Brothers, 1851.] Original full colored and toned lithograph on handmade paper, finished by hand applying gum arabic highlights (after art work by Nebel, printed and lithographed by Lemercier and Adolphe Jean Baptiste Bayot). Image area: 27.7 x 42.6 cm; overall sheet size: 38.5 x 53 cm. Light scattered foxing, confined almost totally to blank margins, verso with moderately scattered foxing, image fine.

     First printing. The plate is from Kendall & Nebel’s folio book The War between the United States and Mexico Illustrated... (see Kendall herein for the complete album). Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 195. Sandweiss, Stewart & Huseman, Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, Plate 18 (p. 92), No. 136 (p. 312): “At the end of his account of the battle of Churubusco, Kendall gave a short key to Nebel’s picture: ‘It being found impossible to take a general view of the battle of Churubusco, the artist chose, as the principal subject for his drawings, Worth’s attack upon the tête-de-pont. In the centre of the picture may be seen the rear of the church and convent of San Pablo, Twiggs being at the same time warmly engaged in front. On the right beyond the taller trees, is the position attacked by Shields. The low ground are those which rise to the south of Contreras’.... Nebel’s view shows the moment of scaling its walls. Throughout the engagement, Kendall was with Colonel James Duncan’s battery.”

     The battle took place five miles from Mexico City, where the Mexican Army had fallen back. The Mexican force included the San Patricios who had deserted the U.S. Army, who did not want to surrender due to fears of reprisal. The battle involved crossing a bridge and scaling a stone convent wall. A month later Mexico City fell to the U.S. forces.


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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