Heritage, 2011, Volume 1 Page: 9
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OF EARLY TEXAS
By Scott Grant Barker
As ifreacting to an unseen conductor's baton, Eleanor Onderdonk of San Antonio and Frances Battaile Fisk
ofAbilene began to assemble the art history of Texas in 1927 They had almost a hundred years of catching
up to do, but that was fine with Miss Onderdonk, art curator of the new Witte Museum, and Mrs. Fisk,
author of what would become the state's first art history book. Each woman realized that despite Texas'
traumatic beginnings and untamed reputation, artists found a foothold. In often difficult circumstances,
creative people in 19th-century Texas sought out ways to visually express themselves. This circle of creative
Texans rippled into the time of Eleanor Onderdonk and Frances Fisk, ever-growing, just like the state itself.
Volume 1 2011 1 TEXAS HERITAGE 9
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