c. 1850 War with Mexico Original Ink Drawing of Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott Noted “The Mexicans to Butcher.”
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c. 1850 Mexican-American War Period, Contemporary Original Hand-Drawn Pen & Ink Artwork, depicting American Generals ZACHARY TAYLOR (1784-1850) & WINFIELD SCOTT (1786-1866), captioned below: “Taylor & Scott. A very fine lot. The Mexicans to butcher.” Very Fine.
Original Artwork, created c. 1850. This historic Hand-Drawn Pen & Ink Artwork is a unique political and military related Mexican-American War drawing. It is Hand-illustrated on earlier era handmade laid paper c. 1790, well before these Two subjects became of national importance. This original artwork drawing on laid paper measures 6-5/8” x 4” and was accomplished by a talented artist, no date or place, yet likely contemporary to the General’s activities during the War with Mexico. Both Generals Taylor and Scott are shown in full military uniform, speaking together with an unidentified third man. A tablet under their images, in the foreground reads, in full:
“Taylor & Scott. A very fine lot. The Mexicans to butcher.”
This reference of course, is to the Mexican-American War, where both Generals Taylor and Scott played important roles and each gained certain levels of military fame and infamy. The overall condition is Very Fine, with some toning along the bottom and right edges, and with an old pencil notation of a previous owner at the top of the page beneath the drawing. Because of the quality of the handmade laid paper, this histoic original drawing and its important poltical text will last for many years to come and is boldly presented in deep brown ink for display. Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 - July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War.
As a result, he won election to the White House despite his vague political beliefs. His top priority as president was preserving the Union, but he died sixteen months into his term, before making any progress on the status of slavery, which had been inflaming tensions in Congress.
Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786 – May 29, 1866) was an American military commander and political candidate. He served as a general in the United States Army from 1814 to 1861, taking part in the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War, the early stages of the American Civil War, and various conflicts with Native Americans.
Scott was the Whig Party's presidential nominee in the 1852 presidential election, but was defeated by Democrat Franklin Pierce. He was known as Old Fuss and Feathers for his insistence on proper military etiquette, and as the Grand Old Man of the Army for his many years of service.
The Mexican–American War, also known in the United States as the Mexican War and in Mexico as the Intervención Estadounidense en México (U.S. intervention in Mexico), was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848. It followed the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico still considered Mexican territory since the government did not recognize the treaty signed by Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna when he was a prisoner of the Texian Army during the 1836 Texas Revolution. The Republic of Texas was defacto an independent country, but most of its citizens wished to be annexed by the United States. Domestic sectional politics in the U.S. prevented that since Texas would have been a slave state, upsetting the balance of power between northern free states and southern slave states. In the 1844 United States presidential election, Democrat James K. Polk was elected on a platform of expanding U.S. territory in Oregon and Texas. Polk advocated expansion by either peaceful means or by armed force, with the 1845 annexation of Texas as furthering that goal. For Mexico, this was itself a provocation, but Polk went further, sending U.S. Army troops to the area; he also sent a diplomatic mission to Mexico to try to negotiate sale of territory. U.S. troops' presence was provocative and designed to lure Mexico into starting the conflict, putting the onus on Mexico and allowing Polk to argue to Congress that a declaration of war should be issued. Mexican forces attacked U.S. forces, and the United States Congress declared war.