The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000 Page: 312
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Cover: Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg by Karl Friedrich Hermann Lungk-
witz, 1856. Oil on canvas, 23/2 x 35 inches. Courtesy Witte Museum of the
San Antonio Museum Association.
In Art for History's Sake: The Texas Collection of the Witte Museum, published
by the TSHA in 1993, author Cecelia Steinfeldt wrote about the paint-
ing on the cover of this issue: "Hermann Lungkwitz did several paint-
ings of the 'enchanted' rock near Fredericksburg. The rock is a huge,
oval-shaped granite mountain that was considered by the Comanches to
have supernatural powers because of the strange noises it emitted, espe-
cially at night. These crackings and poppings were caused by contrac-
tions that occurred after dusk when the granite cooled after a hot day.
The Comanches believed that the mountain was inhabited by spirits who
made the weird sounds. Lungkwitz probably was intrigued by the legend
and in this version included at the base a group of native Americans who
frequented the site because of their reverence for the rock." The article
by DanielJ. Gelo that begins on page 273 of this issue confirms the Co-
manche culture's fascination with Texas geography and geographical
landmarks as reflected in its distinctive language and in its naming of
numerous Texas landmarks.
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