Texas Revolution - Limited Edition Three Print Set
Texas Revolution - Three Print Set
Here's something lots of people have asked for. Smaller versions of our Texas Revolution prints.
Each has the same level of detail as our large three foot versions, but measures 24 by 16 inches instead. Perfect if you have limited wall space.
Each is limited to 254 copies, just like the bigger versions.
Read on for the story behind each one. . .
Print 1: Dawn at the Alamo
Here's the most famous depiction of the fall of the Alamo ever painted. You have almost certainly seen it, but you might not know the story behind it.
The title is Dawn at the Alamo and it hangs in the senate chamber at the capitol. It was painted in 1905 by Henry Arthur McArdle to replace his earlier painting of the same title that was destroyed when the earlier capitol building burned in 1881.
McArdle shows you the apex of the carnage and confusion of battle. He wanted Dawn at the Alamo to venerate the bravery of the Defenders and inspire Texas patriotism.
McArdle was aided in his efforts by Reuben Marmaduke Potter, the first Alamo historian. Potter, a long-time army quartermaster, made it his job to learn every knowable detail of the battle and was dedicated to seeing it properly commemorated.
He advised the artist on the uniforms and weapons of both sides, as well as how the Alamo compound looked at the time of the battle. He thought it was essential to depict the hellscape the Alamo Defenders found themselves in. As he told McArdle, "It should be like looking into a volcano."
What McArdle painted is not a single moment in time, as it shows things that happened many minutes apart: by all accounts, Travis fell at the opening of the battle and Crockett, no matter which version of his death you believe, at the end.
Bowie is shown rising from his cot, knife ready to gut the foe. Major Evans, torch in hand, attempts to blow up the powder magazine. Susanna Dickinson holding the Babe of the Alamo, can't bare to look at what's happening. Joe, Travis' slave, watches it all in horror.
And it would be a horror still if we did not know what came after, that the Alamo Defenders would be avenged at San Jacinto and Texas would be a republic.
In a way, Henry McArdle has painted the birth of the the Texan identity.
Print 2: The Battle of San Jacinto
Henry McArdle's painting of the Alamo's fall is one of the most famous artistic depictions of Texas history, but his other great Texas Revolution painting, The Battle of San Jacinto is not nearly as well known.
That's a shame.
The full title is The Battle of San Jacinto - Retributive Justice and the Triumph of Texas' Independence. and, just like his Dawn at the Alamo painting, it hangs in the senate chamber at the capitol.
The extended title is apt, as that's exactly what it shows: retribution for invasion, for the Alamo, and for Goliad.
The artist put in years of study and research to get it right. Reuben Marmaduke Potter, who should be considered the first Texas military historian, advised the McArdle on the uniforms and weapons of both sides.
McArdle also interviewed San Jacinto veterans about what they did and witnessed. When the Texas Veterans Association met in 1891, the surviving San Jacinto veterans gave the painting their endorsement, writing:
"We the undersigned participants in the Battle of San Jacinto having (viewed) McArdle's painting of said battle do hereby certify to its absolute historical truth."
What you see is the most important depiction of the battle from the century in which it was fought.
McArdle painted the battle as many vignettes viewed from the southeast. There's Sam Houston, horse shot from under him, with sword raised urging the men forward. Henry Karnes attempting to seize the Mexican flag as Deaf Smith rides ahead.
The more you study it, the more you discover: Lamar, Rusk, Menchaca, Sylvester, Burleson, Sherman, and more. And of course, there's Santa Anna, the "Napoleon of the West" running for his life.
If the Alamo is called Texas’ Thermopylae, then San Jacinto is her Agincourt. Seven Texians were killed that day and twenty-nine wounded. The Mexican casualties were 630 dead and 208 wounded. 730 Mexican officers and men were taken prisoner.
The stakes could not have been higher. Had Santa Anna been victorious, the geography of North America and the history of the world would be quite different.
The deeds done that day are why we have Texas and call ourselves Texans.
Print 3: The Surrender of Santa Anna
It's April 22, 1836. Yesterday, in just eighteen minutes, the Texas Army defeated Santa Anna's forces on the Field of San Jacinto. But the Mexican general was not among the dead or the captured. Where could he be?
This morning, General Houston sent scouting parties out to round up any soldados who managed to evade capture the previous day.
Many years later, Sion Bostick wrote down what happened that day:
"When we were about eight miles from the battlefield, about one o'clock, we saw the head and shoulders of a man above the tall sedge grass, walking through the prairie.
As soon as we saw him we started towards him at a gallop. When he discovered us, he squatted in the grass; but we soon came to the place. As we rode up we aimed our guns at him and told him to surrender. He held up his hands, and spoke in Spanish, but I could not understand him. He was dressed like a common soldier. Under the uniform he had on a fine shirt.
As we went back to camp the prisoner rode behind Robinson a while and then rode behind Sylvester. I was the youngest and smallest of the party, and I would not agree to let him ride behind me. I wanted to shoot him... When we got to camp, the Mexican soldiers, then prisoners, saluted him and said, "el presidente."
All three of us who had captured him were angry at ourselves for not killing him out on the prairie, to be consumed by the wolves and buzzards. We took him to General Houston, who was wounded and lying under a big oak tree."
William Henry Huddle knew Sion Bostick. He knew many of the men he painted in this scene and discussed the event with them. He had previously painted portraits of several. For those he did not personally know, he worked from early photographs to produce correct likenesses.
The scene includes Deaf Smith (Houston's trusted scout), Surgeon general Alexander Ewing tending to the general's shattered ankle, Thomas Rusk, Ned Burleson, future President Mirabeau B. Lamar, Ben McCullough, and even the Twin Sisters cannons at far right.
Huddle completed The Surrender of Santa Anna in 1886. The State of Texas purchased it in 1891 to hang in the new granite capitol. It hangs in the South Foyer.
This is a pivotal moment in Texas history. Imagine what might have happened if Santa Anna had made it back to the remainder of his army at Fort Bend.
- Each measures 24 by 16 inches
- Each is a Limited Edition of 254 copies
- Each is hand-numbered
- Museum Quality Reproduction
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton with an elegant ever so lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.
The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!
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