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The Last Northern Battle


[BUENA VISTA, BATTLE OF]. KELLOGG, E.B. & E.C. (publishers). Battle of Buena Vista. Defeat of the Mexican Army under Genl. Santa Anna 20,000 Men, Feby. 23, 1847, by the United States Force under Genl. Taylor, Numbering only 5,000—Loss of U.S. in Killed, Wounded and Missing, about 800, that of the Enemy in Killed and Wounded 2,000 men. [along bottom] E.C. & E.B. Kellog [sic], 144 Fulton St. N.Y. & 136 Main St. Hartford, Conn. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1847 by E.B. & E.C. Kellog [sic], in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. D. Needham, 232 Main St, Buffalo; [lower center below text] 295. Print: image area: 20.5 x 31.2; overall sheet size: 30.5 x 40.7 cm. Contemporary hand-color. Professionally matted. Verso with several infills, light overall age toning. Generally very good.

First edition.

Taylor’s victory at Buena Vista, the last battle in northern Mexico, was a sensation with the American public and was responsible for a spate of laudatory lithographs, such as this one. This scene is unusual in that it is thematically divided into two elements. In the lower part of the image, the battle rages, with U.S. forces marching forward. In the upper part are shown Santa-Anna and his officers, apparently displeased with developments.


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