View of Jalapa, Mexico, from the surrounding hills, with a hiker approaching in the lower right.
Carlos Nebel was a German-born designer and artist known for his drawings of Mexican landscapes and architecture, as well as his contributions to nineteenth-century Latin American costumbrismo, the literature of customs and manners. One of the early European visitors to the archaeological site of El Tajín, he traveled to Mexico between 1829 and 1834, recording ancient ruins. He published an account accompanied by 50 hand-colored lithographs in the illustrated book Viaje pintoresco y arqueológico sobre la parte más interesante de la República Mejicana [Picturesque and archeological voyage over the most intriguing part of the Mexican Republic] (c. 1836-39). His style was a combination of documentary accuracy and poetic idealization. Nebel died in Paris.
Emile Lassalle was a French lithographer and painter of portraits and genre subjects. He exhibited in the Salons between 1834 and 1869. He made engravings after Ingres and other artists.
Complete copies of Picturesque and archeological voyage over the most intriguing part of the Mexican Republic are very rare.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and soft creases in margins. Faint evidence of matburn can be rematted out. Professional backed by supporting sheet.
Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. (Nebel, vol. 6 and Lassalle, vol. 5)