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OF SAN JACINTO
Arthur McArdle (1836-1908) completed this painting in 1895.
It depicts the 800 Texian soldiers' defeat of Santa Anna's
Mexican Army which numbered 1600 on April 21, 1836. Like
his Alamo painting, McArdle researched for this piece as
well. Many of the faces depicted were painted from either
photographs or from his memory. The painting was designed
with the viewer in mind; in one fell swoop the viewer can
realize the magnitude of the battle while appreciating the
details: the intricate uniforms, the faces of those involved,
the billowing clouds. Sam Houston is pictured center left
next to a Mexican cannon waving his hat in an attempt to
continue to lead his men after he and his horse were shot.