|Print, BRIGADIER GENERAL Z. TAYLOR. COMMANDER OF THE U.S. FORCES ON THE RIO GRANDE, celebrating Gen. Zachary Taylor, Mexican War period, 1846. Hand-tinted lithograph. J. Baillie, New York. Housed in period walnut veneer frame. Size refers to overall dimensions.
Depicts Taylor in military dress astride a white charger, "from a portrait in possession of Major Clarke."
Heroic image of Taylor issued upon the outbreak of the Mexican War. The brief conflict, which ended in Mexico's total defeat and cession of half its territory to the United States, put Taylor on the political map. Prints such as this one were re-purposed two years later, serving as campaign posters when Taylor made a successful run for the White House.
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