Carl Nebel

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Las Tortilleras is one of the 50 plates in Nebel's Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Mexique

Carl Nebel (March 18, 1805 – June 4, 1855) was a German engineer, architect and draughtsman,[1] best known for his detailed paintings of the Mexican landscape and people and of the battles of the Mexican-American War.

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Nebel was born at Altona, today a part of Hamburg. After studies in Hamburg and Paris, he travelled to America,[1] where he was a resident of Mexico from 1829 until 1834. In 1836, he published in Paris his renowned illustrated work on that country—Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Méxique, with 50 lithographs made from his paintings, twenty of which were hand-colored, and an introduction by Alexander Humboldt.[2]

In 1851, he published together with George Wilkins Kendall some of his paintings of the events of the Mexican-American War in the book The War between the United States and Mexico Illustrated. The book contained twelve color lithographs done by Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot and was printed by Joseph Lemercier - a leading lithographic team of the time.[3] In both cases, Nebel's illustrations were enhanced by his making use of the newest printing developments in France.

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