The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

of Styles (Germany and France in the paint mixture); Politics and
Portraits-Beyond Our Borders (to be able to include a painting of
the Battle of San Jacinto and a painter of the hero of that battle);
Artist-Reporters on Excursions into Texas (including prints and the
fine soldier-artists of the various boundary surveys) ; Native Artists and
Late-Comers (reversing the trend as Texans go to Europe to study);
With New Vision-the State as a Patron of the Arts (which should
send every Texan to the State Capitol for a new appreciation of its
contents) .
To enhance this rich offering, Miss Pinckney indicates further
indefatigable research in her appendix listing of fifteen little-known
artists, necessitating thanks to her from many who must admit
"things I never knew until now," and earning from Bywaters the
comment that her research has brought the list of Texas artists to
a "respectable number with a surprising range of accomplishments."
Two of the little-known artists painted portraits of Sam Houston,
as did at least seven of the artists discussed in more detail. After
all, Houston was a willing subject and was also concerned about his
"image." Only three of the Houston pictures are reproduced; there
are four prints of Stephen F. Austin. The illustrations give glimpses
of Galveston, Brownsville, Fredericksburg, Washington-on-the-Brazos,
and El Paso; but Austin, shown four times, and San Antonio, shown
in twenty-three aspects, were the pictorial spots of nineteenth cen-
tury Texas.
University of Texas at Austin LLERENA FRIEND
The Texas Diary, 1835-1838. By Mary Austin Holley. Edited by J. P.
Bryan. Austin (The Humanities Research Center, The Univer-
sity of Texas), 1967. Pp. 149. Illustrations, index. $4.95.
Mary Phelps Austin (1784-1846), widow of Horace Holley, was
at best a brevet Texan. Though she was never a resident of Texas,
her empresario cousin arranged for her to receive a headright-the
law of Coahuila and Texas to the contrary notwithstanding. For
a student of Texas, Mrs. Holley contributed a great deal more than
did a good many of the settlers who obtained their lands in accord-
ance with law. Her five visits resulted in two editions of her book,
Texas (1833, 1836), the two diaries here published for the first time
as a separate, a mass of letters, and a number of poems.
In her second and third visits to Texas (May-June, 1835, and


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