Mexico vs. Mexico at a Battle in 1840: You Are There

A Rare Survival

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456. MICHAUD, Julio (publisher). Encuentro en la Garita de Sn. Lazaro. | El dia 20 de Julio de 1840; [below neat line] Julio Michaud editor Almacen de Estampas junto al Correo. | Lito. callejon Clara No. 8. N.p., n.d. [Mexico, 1840?]. Lithograph view of battle scene with tall stone structures all around the fighting. Neat line to neat line: 26.4 x 38.3 cm; overall sheet size: 34.1 x 46.2 cm. Overall light browning and mild foxing (heavier in a few spots) a few light spots, one small tear at lower right in blank margin, slightly wrinkled, overall fair. Very rare. Not in OCLC, but UT Austin has a copy.

     This scene represents an incident in Mexico City in resistance by Anastasio Bustamante and others against the power grab by Valentíno Gómez Farías, who arrested Governor Bustamante and his entourage in July 1840. This site still stands in Mexico City. Although not signed by Pietro Gualdi, the large format is typical of his work at the time, as is the style, with excellent architectural rendering and less expertise in depicting figures. The address of the lithographer at Santa Clara No. 8 would seem to indicate Massé and/or Decaen ca. 1840-1843. (See Mathes, Mexico on Stone, and Museo Nacional de Arte, Nación de imágenes: La Litografía mexicana del siglo XIX, p. 157.) Massé and Decaen did other work with Gualdi during that period. Regarding publisher Julio Michaud, see following.


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

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