[TEXAS]. SEVERYN, Charles. Genl. Taylor at the Battle of Palo Alto. May 8th. 1846. [along bottom] Lith. & Pub by N. Currier. Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1846, by N. Currier, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. 33 Spruce St. N.Y. [at bottom] 439. Print: image area: 25.7 x 31.6 cm; overall sheet size: 27 x 37 cm. Contemporary hand color. A few consolidated tears, slightly darkened, backed with tissue. Professionally matted. A fine copy. Signed C.S. in the image.
First edition. Peters, p. 254. To be included in Ron Tyler’s forthcoming book on Texas lithographs.
An extraordinarily busy scene showing a mounted Taylor directing his troops to charge the Mexican cannons. A rifleman in front shoots down a Mexican gunner. In the background, massed U.S. troops flying an unknown flag charge full speed. Although highly inaccurate, it was this type of depiction that did much to raise Taylor’s status.