Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Now, John and Deborah Powers have weighed in with their contribution, the
result of many years of extensive research in primary and secondary sources. The
couple's interest in the subject grew out of their collecting activities and this vol-
ume reflects the thoroughness of John Powers's professional background as an
attorney and judge. Indeed, the work could justifiably be described as "Texas
Artists from A (Aaron, Sydney) to Z (Zweig, Irene Ornsby)." In addition to
lengthy entries on well-known figures, the dictionary includes artists having only
very brief entries, e.g., "Anderson, H. Dallas. Painter. Exhibitions: Annual Allied
Arts Exhibition, Dallas (1928)."
The format is straightforward and well organized. A biographical summary (if
available) following an author's name discusses the individual's professional
training, career highlights, and other noteworthy aspects of the artist's life, such
as his or her influence in the profession. The length of these summaries general-
ly reflects the abundance of available biographical material, except in instances
of extremely well-known artists, like Frederic Remington and Georgia O'Keeffe,
whose work has merited lengthy, detailed biographies. The summary is followed
by, at most, five categories, beginning with an exhibition record. The authors
then include categories for works located in public places ("Murals") and in pri-
vate collections, museums, and other repositories ("Collections"). A section for
"Affiliations" lists an artist's professional associations and memberships and the
concluding section, "References," functions as something of a bibliography of an
Two very helpful appendices follow the 571 pages of entries on individual
artists. The first, "Art Education," includes brief descriptions of some of the indi-
vidual institutions, both inside and outside of the state, attended by Texas artists.
The second, "Museums, Associations, and Exhibitions," is a helpful roundup of
the many venues and organizations utilized by artists for exhibiting and market-
ing their works. Also, the foreword and introduction place the artists in histori-
cal context. Although this volume is not illustrated, it is still an indispensable
resource for anyone remotely interested in this area of study and collecting, as
even individuals familiar with Texas art will find considerable new material be-
tween its covers.
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As Old as Dallas Itself. A Hzstory of Lawyers in Dallas, the Dallas Bar Assoczations, and
the City They Helped Build. By Darwin Payne. (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1999 .
Pp. ix+325. Acknowledgments, foreword, notes, index. ISBN 1-893451-01.
Made possible by the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Foundation, As
Old as Dallas Itself documents the legal profession in Dallas from its founding to
the present. Beginning with its founder, John Neely Bryan (lawyer), and contin-
uing to the recent mayor, Ron Kirk (lawyer), this comprehensive work surveys
the role of lawyers and their associations in the building of Dallas.
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