Whiting’s Heights of Monterrey, from the Saltillo Road

Texas Rangers Mentioned

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432. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. WHITING, D[aniel] P[owers]. Heights of Monterey, from the Saltillo road looking towards the City. (from the West.) [“]Worth’s Division” moving into position under the guns of the enemy, after the action of “St. Jeronimo”, on the morning of 21st. Sepr. 1846 Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1847 by D.P. Whiting in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Southern district of New York. G. & W. Endicott Lit. N. York; [below neat line at left] D.P. Whiting Capt. 7th Inf; [below neat line at right] On Stone by F. Swinton; [numbered key to locations to left and right of title]; [lower right]: No. 2. New York, 1847. Lithograph on light grey and olive green ground (battle scene in Monterrey with U.S. troops on the march). Image dimensions: 32.5 x 49.5 cm; image with text: 37.3 x 49.5 cm; entire sheet: 48.2 x 61 cm. 28 cm closed tear at left extending into image showing sky (infilled and restored; barely visible on image which is very clean), small section of upper right blank corner almost detached, otherwise excellent, professionally conserved and stabilized, strong impression.

     First printing. Christensen, The U.S.-Mexican War, p. 130 (illustrated). Eberstadt 162:910. Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican-American War, pp. 579-580. Peters, America on Stone, p. 175. Sandweiss, Stewart & Huseman, Eyewitness to War, pp. 122-123, Entry 11, Plate 3, p. 77. Streeter Sale 275. Tyler, The Mexican War, A Lithographic Record, pp. 24-25). Tutorow 4393. This view is from the first edition of Whiting’s Army Portfolio (New York: G. & W. Endicott, 1847). The stone was drawn by Frederick Swinton. A note at the end of the key states that the Texas Rangers composed part of the U.S. military force during this operation.

     Against the backdrop of dramatic mountains with Monterrey architecture in the far distance and thatched houses along a wide dirt road, soldiers move forward with a caisson and cannon on a wagon with an officer on horseback trotting nearby, while in the middle ground orderly infantrymen march forward. Some injured, dead, and a grave are on the sides of the road, and in the far distance smoke rises from battle fire.

     A note at the end of the key indicates Texas Ranger participation in the action: “N.B. The second Division was composed of one Regt. of Texian-Cavalry two Co’s. of Texn. Rangers, two Batteries of Lt. Artillery, the “Artly. Battalion,” the 5th. and 7th. and 8th. Reg’ts. of Infantry, and one Company of Louisiana Volunteers.”


Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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