The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

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sures; and a general optimism that revised economic and political
priorities, together with continued growth, will ensure a bright future
for these metropolitan areas.
The Sunbelt is more a media phenomenon than a geographical
reality, as the diversity of such cities as New Orleans and Phoenix,
Miami and San Diego will attest. An important issue not addressed by
this collection is how Sunbelt growth has modified the distinctive re-
gional histories of the South and West and whether, in fact, we are
witnessing the development of an entirely new region. The emer-
gence of scholarly interest in the Sunbelt coincides with recent urban
historiographical trends that emphasize metropolitan and regional
contexts, as well as power and policy themes. As these essays indicate,
the combination should provide fruitful inquiries into this latest stage
of urbanization in the United States.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte DAVID R. GOLDFIELD
Hermann Lungkwitz: Romantic Landscapist on the Texas Frontier.
By James Patrick McGuire. (Austin: University of Texas Press
for the Institute of Texan Cultures, 1983. Pp. xviii+225. Ac-
knowledgments, introduction, illustrations, plates, catalogue rai-
sonn6, notes, bibliography, index. $27.50.)
Karl Friedrich Hermann Lungkwitz was thirty-eight years old when
he arrived in the Texas Hill Country in 1851. Having come from
Dresden, in the German province of Saxony, via New York and West
Virginia, he and his brother-in-law, Friedrich Richard Petri, were
probably the only academy-trained artists in the state when they began
to earn a living for. their growing families on a small farm near the
junction of Liveoak Creek and the Pedernales River. Meanwhile, they
both recorded their surroundings in paintings: Petri with portraits
and genre scenes, Lungkwitz with romantic landscapes steeped in the
traditions of the Dresden academy, where he had studied from 1840
to 1843-
Although little is known of Lungkwitz's activities immediately fol-
lowing Petri's death by accidental drowning in 1857, James Patrick
McGuire, director of program management at the Institute of Texan
Cultures, has searched numerous archives and family collections and
concluded that the artist probably embarked upon a series of en-
deavors to provide for the family. Lungkwitz's lithograph of Freder-
icksburg, fashioned after a painting he had sent to Dresden to be
printed, arrived in 1859. He also took up the new craft of photography


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