Whiting’s Placid Bird’s-Eye View of the Valley

Between Saltillo & Monterrey

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435. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. WHITING, D[aniel] P[owers]. Valley towards Saltillo, from near the base of “Palace Hill,” at Monterey. (Looking to the S. West.) 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 Lith. N.Y.; [below neat line at left] D.P. Whiting Capt. 7th Inf; [below neat line at right] On Stone By C. Parsons [numbered key to locations to left and right of title]; [lower right] No. 3. New York, 1847. Lithograph on light slate grey, pale blue, maize, and olive green ground (view with column of troops). Image dimensions: 31.7 x 49.5 cm; image with text: 36.8 x 49.5 cm; entire sheet: 48.5 x 60.7 cm. Short closed tears in blank margins, filled void near upper blank corner (neither affects image). 11.5 cm tear at upper left (in sky area). Overall excellent, professionally conserved and stabilized, strong impression.

     First printing. Eberstadt 162:910. Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican-American War, pp. 579-580. Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, pp. 199-200. Peters, America on Stone, p. 175. Sandweiss, Stewart & Huseman, Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, p. 125, Entry 13, Plate 5, p. 79. 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). This is the first state of the plate (in No. 4 of the key Village misspelled “Villag”). The stone was drawn by C. Parsons. See preceding entries and following for other prints in the series.

     This is a bird’s-eye view of mountain-and-valley landscape and road between Monterrey and Saltillo. On the road is a very long column of tiny soldiers and wagons. Ironically, this is a beautiful, peaceful scene for a military view.


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

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