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Texas Artists—Art of the Western Frontier


John Gadsby Chapman
Portrait of Davy Crockett
Not dated
Oil on canvas
24 x 16" (61 x 40.7 cm)

The Ransom Center holds the largest single collection of the work of Tom Lea, including hundreds of paintings, drawings, prints, and associated books, photographs, and manuscripts by and about this El Paso artist. His work from World War II and China is particularly well-represented in the collection.

The Tom Lea art collection

The Tom Lea photography collection

The Tom Lea papers

There are over 200 pastels by Frank Reaugh, a legend in Western art, who took caravans of students by wagon into the countryside of west Texas to draw the landscape and cattle herds. His series of large pastel drawings, Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, exemplifies his ability to capture the southwestern landscape as it existed before the turn of the century.

The Frank Reaugh art collection

The studio art collection of German sculptor Elizabet Ney, who settled in Texas in 1872, is historically entwined with the University's early art collections. Gifted to the University by Ney's surviving husband, Dr. Edmund Montgomery, the collection includes busts of Texas's notable pioneering leaders Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston, as well as likenesses of 19th-century German royalty. Much of the University's collection is now on permanent loan to the City of Austin, which manages the Ney Studio Museum. The Ransom Center's art collection also holds a selection of paintings by many other early Texas artists, including Nannie Huddle and her husband William Henry Huddle, Hermann Lungkwitz, and Julian Onderdonk.

The James Frank Dobie art collection consists of drawings, paintings, sculpture, illustrations, and lithographs collected by J. Frank Dobie. Artists represented in the collection include Tom Lea, Molina Campos, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, E. Castells Capurro, Howard Cook, Hermann Lungkwitz, and Ben Carlton Mead.


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