"Guerrilleros Mexicanos"

Description
This lithograph illustrates the chaos and conflict engulfing northern Mexico during the years of the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848. In these years the United States organized an Army of Occupation, initially led by General Zachary Taylor, to capture cities like Monterrey in preparation for a later assault on the Mexican heartland. The figure on horseback is a Mexican guerilla fighter. These skilled horsemen, often doubling as both patriots and bandits, had an established role in Mexican military tradition, and were actively recruited to combat the U.S. invaders. To understand his limited appeal to the Mexican public, note that the dead figures over whom the guerrillero is triumphantly galloping appear to be Mexican citizens, not invading American soldiers.
The lithographer is unknown.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
ca 1848
maker
unknown
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
image: 8 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 31.75 cm
place made
unknown
ID Number
DL*60.2559
catalog number
60.2559
accession number
228146
subject
Horses
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Uniforms, Military
Mexican War
Cultures & Communities
Art
Government, Politics, and Reform
Military
Art
Domestic Furnishings
Mexican America
Peters Prints
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Mexican America
Peters Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
"Mexican Guerrilleros"
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

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