Lot 439 of 522:
Depiction of a crucial moment in the Battle of Palo Alto  

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Battle of Palo Alto

Billings, Hammatt

Boston, New York and Philadelphia

S. Walker



Steel engraving. Engraved by James Duthie. Image area 12.2x17.6 cm (4¾x7"). First Edition. 

A fairly interesting depiction of a crucial moment in the battle when Duncan’s flying artillery turned back a charge by Torrejón’s cavalry on the American left flank. The cannons fire as the cavalry retreats in the middle ground.

United States artist Hammatt Billings (1818-1874) was skilled in a wide range of media. He designed furniture, statuary, monuments, architecture, and public and private gardens. He was a painter and portraitist and an illustrator whose drawings appeared in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Women. Billings' very versatility has contributed to his near total historical oblivion.
Engraver James D. Duthie, a native of England, worked in the United States between 1850 and 1862, specializing in lithography and steel and copper engraving. Duthie was the first engraver to work for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, becoming Superintendent of Engraving in 1885. His dock scene was used on all denominations of the first issue of fractional currency. 

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Edges lightly browned; small tear in lower margin; very good.

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