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  Daniel Powers Whiting. Army Portfolio. By Capt. D.P. Whiting, 7th Inf'y, U.S.A. No. 1, 1847.  
Whiting

Whiting

Whiting

Whiting

Whiting



 
“Five of the Rarest Lithographs of the Mexican War.”
—Ron Tyler

“In 1847, [G. and W. Endicott] brought out Capt. Daniel Powers Whiting's Army Portfolio, which is notable for its high degree of technical accomplishment and was described at the time as ‘exceedingly well lithographed, and printed in tints.’”
—Rick Stewart, Eyewitness to War

Daniel Powers Whiting. Army Portfolio. By Capt. D.P. Whiting, 7th Inf'y, U.S.A. No. 1 (New York: G. & W. Endicott, 1847). Five tinted lithographed plates after Whiting, by Chas. Fendrich, F. Swinton (2) and C. Parson (2). Image size: 13 x 18 11/16" to neat line, plus margins. Framed size: 23 1/2 x 28". Some extremely minor spotting on print no. 4. Each print presented in an attractive period-style frame. Overall, excellent condition (by sight) for this rare set of Mexican War prints.
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Comprising:

[1] Bird's-eye view of the Camp of the Army, commanded by Genl. Taylor. Near Corpus Christi, Texas, [from the North] Oct. 1845. By C. Parsons.

[2] Monterey, as seen from a house-top in the main Plaza, [to the West] October, 1846... [No.1 of a Series] [after the capture of the city by U. S. Forces under Gen'l Taylor]. By Chas. Fendrich.

[3] 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. Septr.1846]...[No.2]. By F. Swinton.

[4] Valley towards Saltillo, From near the base of "Palace Hill," at Monterey. [Looking to the S.West.]...[No.3.] [with the rear guard and wagon train of the U. S. Army coming into the Castle after its capitulation]. C. Parsons.

[5] Monterey, From Independence Hill, in the rear of the Bishop's Palace. As it appeared on 23rd September, 1846 [Looking East.]...[No. 4] [with the village of Guadaloupe and Sierra Silla, or Saddle Mountain, in the distance.] By F. Swinton.

This extremely scarce series of Mexican War views is one of the three primary visual records of the conflict and also a fine topographical series that accurately records the area at a turning point in its history. Whiting intended the series to continue beyond the single issue of five plates that appeared. Sadly, however, the original drawings for the subsequent parts were lost aboard a steamboat that sank in the Mississippi, and the accident prevented any more than the present five lithographs being published.

Daniel Powers Whiting was an Army man whose career encompassed most of the significant military events of the mid-nineteenth century. However, he is best remembered for the present prints. Whiting served under General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican-American War and participated in the battles of Fort Brown, Monterey, Vera Cruz, and Cerro Gordo. Late in 1845, General Taylor's army was encamped at Corpus Christi, Texas. It advanced to the United States side of the Rio Grande in January 1846, remaining until May when it marched on the strongly fortified city of Monterey, which was taken in September. Whiting portrays this portion of the campaign in the Army Portfolio.

This is a superb set of these elusive prints of the Mexican-American War, and together with Henry Walke's Naval Portfolio (1848) and George Wilkins Kendall and Carl Nebel's The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated (1851), one of the most impressively executed and rarest of the eyewitness accounts of this important conflict.


Refs.: America On Stone, p. 175; Eberstadt, pp. 162, 910; Sandweiss et al., Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846–1848; Streeter sale, vol. I, 275, ill. p. 201; Tyler, The Mexican War, pp. 24–45.




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