Artist Carl Nebel Documents Mexico at Peace and War

By Gary F. Kurutz

General [Winfield] Scott’s Entrance into Mexico City. Note the person on the bottom left who is picking up a stone to throw at the American troops. Nebel’s depiction of the Plaza Mayor is almost identical to his print published in his earlier 1836 work except the earlier image did not include the U.S. army.

Gary Kurutz is the editor of the Bulletin, former executive director of the Foundation, and retired curator of special collections for the California State Library. He extends his gratitude to M. Patricia Morris, the Bulletin’s wonderful copy editor for her translation of Nebel’s French language captions and to Foundation staff member