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.

Biography[edit]

Carl Nebel's depiction of Sierra Indians in Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Mexique

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 von 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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Further reading[edit]

  • Aguilar Ochoa, "The Visual Adventures of an Itinerant Painter" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, pp. 67–70.
  • Diener, Pablo. "Picturesque Mexico" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, pp. 74–77.
  • López Luján, Leonardo. "Mesoamerican Archeology in Carl Nebel's Work" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, pp. 70–74.
  • Mayer, Roberto. "Bibliographic Curiosity" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, p. 80.
  • Orellana, Margarita de. "Views from Afar and from Up Close" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, p. 66.
  • Tyler, Ron. "A Great American Book: The War between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated" in Artes de México. No. 80, "Carl Nebel: Nineteenth-Century Itinerant Painter", August 2006, pp. 77–80.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Carl Nebel at Wikimedia Commons