[SAN ÁNGEL]. SCHULZE, L. (lithographer). San Angel, Mexico, Quarters of the 1st Penna. Regiment Volunteers, commanded by Col. F.M. Wynkoop. [below neat line]; Drawn & Lith. by L. Schulze, No. 630, Nth. 4th. St. Phila.; | Lith. Press by H. Camp. Toned lithograph on maize ground. Neat line to neat line: 29.5 x 46 cm; image and text: 33 x 46 cm; overall sheet size: 43.5 x 63.5 cm. Philadelphia, n.d. [1848?]. A few minor spots. Slightly water-stained at blank left margin; closed tears and chipping to blank margins. Image very fine. Very rare. We locate no other copies or sales records.
A busy scene, showing buildings and troops parading down the street, complete with their band and flags flying. San Ángel, a suburb of Mexico City, was one of the principal bases of the U.S. Army occupation during the Mexican-American War after the battle of Contreras. From August 20, 1847, to May 30, 1848, many of the buildings served as quarters for volunteer troops, such as those of the First Pennsylvania Regiment. See Sandweiss (pp. 351 & 353) for interesting notes on a similar print and the conjecture that the genesis of the few rare examples of images of the San Ángel occupation were drawn by artists among the volunteers, who then sent their drawings to Philadelphia to be lithographed to serve as souvenirs of their sojourn in San Ángel.
The present lithograph is not mentioned by Sandweiss, Garrett & Goodwin, or Tyler, The Mexican War: A Lithographic Record. The lithographer is not mentioned by Peters (America on Stone), Groce & Wallace, et al.
Sold. Hammer: $900.00; Price Realized: $1,102.50.