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Painting of Battle of San Jacinto by Henry Arthur McArdle, 1895
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Henry 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.