The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988 Page: 334
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The portrait of Stephen F. Austin (1833, watercolor on ivory, 5'/4 X 45/8 in.,
courtesy the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin) on
the cover probably is the larger of two miniatures of Austin painted by the Brit-
ish artist William Howard when Austin was in Mexico City in 1833. On January
14, 1834, Austin wrote his brother-in-law, James F. Perry, from Monterrey that
he had been arrested on his return trip to Texas and was being taken back to
Mexico City. He mentioned that he had had his "miniature taken in Mexico by
Wm Howard," but said: "I cannot send these things to you now. So ... [I] take
the miniature to Mexico again" (Austin Papers, II, 1,034). In January, before he
was returned to Mexico City, Austin wrote Peter and Joseph Powell: "I send
two likenesses of mine which I request Mr Powell to put into the hands of my
sister or Brother in law Perry[.] Please take care of them-they are painted on
ivory in water colors and wet will ruin them. Mr. Allsbury will put them in a box
and they can be put in your trunk edgewise so as not to crack the glass by any
weight on it" (Austin Papers, II, 1,044). On May to he wrote Perry from Mexico
City: "I sent you two mineatures [szc] from Monterey by Mr. Powel [sic] which I
hope you have recd. The small one was taken the beginning of October when
things were very unfavourable for Texas and I was not in a pleasant humour[.]
of course it therefore has rather a cross or frowning look-the other that is the
large one, was taken in November when all was right. Mr Howard who painted
them has gone to Texas and I recommend him to you very particularly as a
good artist and a very good worthy young man" (Austin Papers, II, 1,054). Guy
M. Bryan, Austin's nephew, explained in 1891 that the larger portrait, perhaps
the one shown on the cover, "represents the appearance of a spot on the Brazos
a short distance above the mouth" (Pinckney, Pazntzng in Texas, 4).
These two miniatures are a part of the Stephen F. Austin collection at the
University of Texas at Austin. The larger one resides in the Barker Texas His-
tory Center, the smaller one in the Texas Memorial Museum.
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