The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 410
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Cover: Mission San Josi by Seth Eastman, 1848-1849. Oil on canvas
mounted on panel, 15/ X 22 inches. Courtesy Witte Museum of the San An-
tonio Museum Association.
Longtime TSHA member Cecelia Steinfeldt wrote about the painting on
the cover of this issue in Art for History's Sake: The Texas Collection of the
Witte Museum, published by the TSHA in 1993: "After Captain Seth
Eastman embarked at Indianola in 1848, he and his regiment marched
westward to San Antonio. He started his assortment of San Antonio
drawings at Mission San Jos6 in late November of that year. ... Ample
evidence exists that the artist used his small sketches for finished paint-
ings after he returned to Washington ... .Whether Eastman painted the
mission on the spot or in a studio is immaterial, because the painting
has all the vitality and spontaneity of a work executed directly from life,
the criterion of a true artist." An article byJos6 A. Rivera, "Restoring the
Oldest Water Right in Texas: The Mission San Juan Acequia of San
Antonio," which begins on page 367 of this issue, discusses the ancient
Indian-dug irrigation systems at the San Antonio area missions, includ-
ing San Jose, and their role in the centuries-long struggles over water
rights in Texas.
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