William Henry Huddle: Texas Capitol Artist

Austin: Texas Capitol - "David Crockett" by William Henry Huddle
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A series of publications portrayed him as ''Davy'', a legendary adventurer rather than politician David Crockett.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Friends took him to Dr. You are commenting using your Facebook account. After this period, Henry returned to North Texas for a short time until around , he relocated to Austin, becoming enamored with the Hill Country scenery. Biesele attributes to Hermann Lungkwitz the "landscapes" in the painting of Santa Anna's surrender as well as the portrait of David Crockett. While in Austin, he met his future wife Nannie Zenobia Carver in and they would marry around ten years later. Huddle briefly rallied and survived another five days before passing away.

After he became disenchanted with politics, he traveled to Texas in as a potential move destination for his family. Travis at the Alamo. Crockett died in the battle on March 6, Shay Tressa DeSimone By: A Lynchburg fire destroyed all his past work left in Fishers studio, but he did bring to Texas with him a self portrait done with Fishers dog.

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He began to earn money by painting portraits of the many Texas history figures in Paris. For instance, three of the eight Secession Convention members who voted not to leave the Union lived in Paris.

Other Civil War figures were in the city, and one man who dodged death at the massacre of Goliad was a subject. Gathering up a substantial amount of financial support from Parisians, Huddle entered the world of "real" artistry by enrolling in the National Academy of Design in New York City.

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His first class began October 26, Around him were future artists whose names quickly bring up samples of their works on the internet. They comprise a nice role of "Whos Was Who" of American art of that time and include the President of the NAD in , Thomas Worthington Whittredge, a veteran of three trips to the far west to sketch work possibilities. Huddle enrolled into both the antique and life classes, but little did he realize that the NAD was in dire financial straits, a condition that would split the training artists and teachers in less than eight months. On May 24, the group decided to create a fee-oriented Arts Students League, but Wilmarth would not receive pay.


By the next fall students were crowding the quickly expanding facilities. Most likely Huddle remained through the spring session of , because the Austin "American Statesman" referred to him moving to central Texas by June 19, Huddle died just as he was preparing an exhibit of several works for the Chicago Worlds Columbian Exposition in the spring of His chance to widen an appeal for his work vanished.

While Huddle today is not considered an artist of note, a writer for the "Austin Statesman" in September of was excited about the the "exceptional" artist in town. His article stated that Huddles portrait of Governor Hubbard, on display at a local bookstore, ".

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Portrait and historical-scene painter. Born in Wytheville, Virginia, Huddle attended school there and in Tennessee. He Served as a Confederate cavalryman for two years and came to Texas in when his family settled in Paris. Fisher, who had painted portraits of prominent individuals in Washington, D. In Huddle moved to Austin where he taught at St.

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Mary's Academy, followed by a stay in Europe when he studied portrait painting at the Royal Bavarian Academy, Munich Huddle completed it within a year of its conception, researching and painting its component parts as discrete entities before assembling them into a finished whole. His painting of Hood's Texas Brigade at the battle of the Wilderness was destroyed in the Capitol fire. He died of a stroke in Austin on March 23, , and was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery. All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.

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