Nebel’s Molina del Rey—attack upon the casa mata

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426. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. NEBEL, C[arl]. Molino del Rey—attack upon the cas[a] mata [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: 27.4 x 42.3 cm; overall sheet size: 38.5 x 53 cm. Except for light scattered foxing (mostly confined to margin), image fine. Moderate foxing on verso.

     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. 196. Sandweiss, Stewart & Huseman, Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, Plate 20 (p. 94), No. 141 (pp. 318-319): “While the American right was still engaged in the attack on the molino, General Worth ordered the brigade on his left, under Colonel McIntosh, to assault the Casa Mata. This building, instead of being an ordinary stone house, as had been supposed by the engineers, proved to be a citadel, surrounded with bastion entrenchments, and impassable ditches—an old Spanish work, recently repaired and enlarged.... Worse yet for the Americans, General Francisco Pérez and a fresh force of Mexican regulars lay completely hidden behind the banks of the ditch in front of the building and within its rampart.... McIntosh’s fatal assault is the subject of this print.”


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