Album Pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana

Monday, March 21, 2011

Album Pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana

Picturesque Album of the Mexican Republic


Vista de la bahia de Acapulco
Vista de la bahia de Acapulco
(View of Acapulco Bay)



Vista de aguas calientes
Vista de Aguas Calientes
(View of the city of Aquascalientes)



Paseo de Las Vigas Mexico
Paseo de Las Vigas Mexico
[um, this {T}?]



Vista del panorama de Mexico
Vista del panorama de Mexico
(Panoramic view of Mexico City - one of a number in the album)



cowboys and view of Guanajuato
Arrieros - Vista general de Guanajuato
Horsemen and general view of Guanajuato
(either the city itself or part of the eponymous state)


Battala del Sacramento
Battala del Sacramento
A scene from the Battle of the Sacramento (river) in the state
of Chihuahua from the American-Mexican war of 1847



Gente de tierra caliente vista general de Tampico
Gente de Tierra Caliente vista general de Tampico
(People from the general region of 'Tierra Caliente',
in front of a view of the city of Tampico, capital of Tamaulipas)



Interior de la Universidad de Mexico
Interior de la Universidad de Mexico
(Inside the University of Mexico)



Las tortilleras
Las tortilleras
(Tortilla makers)



Los rancheros. Vista general de Zacatecas
Los rancheros. Vista general de Zacatecas
(Ranchers or cattlemen, with view from the state of Zacatecas)



Vista del Panteon de Sa. Paola en Mejico
Vista del Panteon de Sa. Paola en Mejico
UPDATE: Will & Aurore have kindly written to say that the Panteon (pantheon) Santa Paola is located in Mexico City and the writing immediately below here - which I won't remove - is incorrect. See this page [T] at Mexicomaxico.


(Online references are somewhat ambiguous, but I've decided to believe [wrongly, as it turns out] until otherwise advised - that this view of the Panteon (Pantheon) of Santa Paola is located in the state of Guanajuato.

Excavation of the Santa Paola cemetery site began in 1865 and mummies were found that have been incorporated into something of a memento mori*- and/or dia de los muertos inspired tradition and tourist attraction : The Mummies of Guanajuato. Flickr set from January 2011: Pante├│n de Santa Paula en Guanajuato. I believe the ossuary* building is located in the cemetery grounds. {alternatively, but less likely, it *might* be this})




'Album Pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana' was published in about 1850 by Julio Michaud & Thomas. The author (and one of the illustrators) is recorded as Pierre Frédéric Lehnert. Other contributing artists include: F Bastin, Chénot, and Urbano Lopez. The album consists of 45 lithographs, some modelled after original war paintings by Carl Nebel and Pedro Gualdi.

A first edition of the album is apparently very rare, listed at €11,000 at one site. I say 'apparently' because the publishing history is complicated with various editions, and varying numbers of illustrations, issued in the early 1850s. Or so it seems.

'Album Pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana' is available from Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
. Thanks CB.

Previously: Mexico.

title page from Mexican album of lithographs 1850

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