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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Long Row.34 This eventually passed into the hands of one Ban-
croft, and when it was sold at execution sale in 1840, it numbered
892 volumes, including, among others, titles by Shakespeare,
Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Boswell, Hannah Moore, Sir
Walter Scott, Byron, Washington Irving, and George Bancroft.3s
In 1844 Captain Martin Kingsley Snell, a hero of San Jacinto and
postmaster of the city, began the Houston Circulating Library
and Reading Room in quarters at the rear of the post office. He
had what was described as a choice selection of standard authors,
history, biography, science, and literature.3
Audubon did no painting in Houston, but a few portrait
painters did ply their craft here. Among these was Jefferson
Wright, an early officer of Holland Lodge No. 1, A. F. & A. M.,
who executed portraits of George Washington, Sam Houston, and
other local heroes that he displayed in a Gallery of National Por-
traits.37 Ambrose Andrews, a portrait and miniature painter, like-
wise did a portrait of Sam Houston as well as one of Governor
Henry Smith.38 In 1841 Andrews sadly wrote that he had not
found a new country a promising field for an artist of any kind.3
Theodore Lehman, a German,40 and T. J. Adell, of Nashville,
Tennessee,41 also proffered their talents in painting portraits for
a short time. An Irishman, John Garrett, in 1838, offered his serv-
ices to Lamar in teaching his daughter drawing and painting.42
In 1843 photography was introduced into Houston by a woman,
one Mrs. Davis, who spent some two or three weeks in the city
with a complete daguerreotype apparatus with which she was pre-
pared to take likenesses.43 Two years later, a local man, Henry R.
S4Telegraph and Texas Register, June 19, 1838; Morning Star, June 18, 1839.
M3Ibid., July 1, 1840o.
Ialbid., November 5, 1844; Telegraph and Texas Register, November 6, 1844.
37Ibid., May 9, 1837; May 30, 1837; October 7, 1837; June 2, 1841; "Diary of a
Young Man in Houston, 1838," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, LIII, 291; Mattie
Austin Hatcher (ed.), Letters of an Early American Traveller, Mary Austin Holley,
Her Life and Works, 1748-1846 (Dallas, c.1933), 70; W. Eugene Hollon and Ruth
Lapham Butler (eds.), William Bollaert's Texas (Norman, 1956), 119.
8sTelegraph and Texas Register, October 21, 1837; April 28, 1841; Morning Star,
April 29, 1841.
40lbid., December 17, 1839.
41Telegraph and Texas Register, February 13, 1839.
42Gulick and others (eds.), Lamar Papers, V, 199.
43Morning Star, December 12, 1843.
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