The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 309
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Book Reviews and Notices
which she had had in mind for nearly half a century. She died
in 1907 and was followed four years later by her husband. Her
last years were brightened by the recognition of a small but admir--
ing circle of appreciative friends, which serves to relieve the truly
pathetic tragedy of her life.
Miss Ney was an intimate friend of Governor Roberts' and was;
closely associated with other members of the early faculties of the.
University of Texas. She looked to the future and hoped for a
day when the University might establish a School of Art-a little,
aesthetic leaven to leaven the great materialistic Southwest. By
her wish, though there was no formal will, Dr. Montgomery pre--
sented her collected works, greatly enriched by many of her early
productions, to the University of Texas. They are housed in the
Studio, which is under the management of the Texas Fine Arts
Association. Ten years have almost passed since Miss Ney's death.
The University has not yet established a Fine Arts Department,
but some day it surely will, and in the meantime no one with eyes
to see can doubt that the leaven is at work.
Mrs. Taylor was one of that fortunate little group of friends
who honored themselves in providing the atmosphere of apprecia-
tion which soothed and stimulated the artist's closing years and
helped her to redeem the lost years of what should have been her
prime. Her little book is a gem. It will be strange, indeed, if
it does not hasten the realization of her own and Miss Ney's hope,
"when Texas shall have a great school of art for its young people.'-
The spirit in which the book is written can best be conveyed in
Mrs. Taylor's own words-the reviewer cannot but feel that they
should have formed a preface to the book: "I have tried to
verify everything I have said. I knew Miss Ney very inti-
mately from the time she came to Austin, and was closely con-
nected with the group who made the 'struggle' I have emphasized
in her life story; but, nevertheless, I have done what I could to,
test my own impressions by comparing them with those of various
other friends and co-workers of the artist's who. knew her just as.
"For what I have said of her life in Waller county before she-
came to Austin, I had very voluminous information from friends
who were intimately associated with Miss Ney and Dr. Mont--
gomery there, as well as from Miss Ney and the doctor themselves.
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