Stephen Fuller Austin

National Portrait Gallery

Stephen Fuller Austin

Artist
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
Stephen Fuller Austin, 3 Nov 1793 - 27 Dec 1836
Exhibition Label
Born Wythe County, Virginia
Stephen Austin established the first settlement of Anglo-Americans in Mexico’s largely uninhabited Texas territory in 1821, where his late father had secured a land grant. The colony thrived and expanded, and with the Mexican government’s blessing, Austin emerged as the primary governing authority. When Mexico banned slavery in 1829, Austin resisted, and an exception was soon granted. A firm believer that his interests were best served under Mexican rule, Austin helped ensure Texas remained a part of Mexico for as long as it did.
It was with reluctance that Austin joined other Anglo-Americans in the war for Texas’s independence from Mexico in 1836. Ultimately, even that hesitation was not enough to diminish the great admiration he engendered as the founder of Texas. During the late 1830s, a portrait of Austin (resembling this painting) appeared on fifty-dollar notes issued by the Republic of Texas.
Provenance
Eugene K. Austin; Mrs. William P. Harris, Long Island; her granddaughter Carey Haus Beverly, Portsmouth, Va.; purchased 1993 NPG
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
c. 1840
Object number
NPG.93.380
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 66 x 55.9 x 2.5cm (26 x 22 x 1")
Frame: 85.1 x 74.9 x 5.1cm (33 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 2")
Exhibition
Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
On View
NPG, East Gallery 124
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Stephen Fuller Austin: Male
Stephen Fuller Austin: Politics and Government\Statesman
Stephen Fuller Austin: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge
Stephen Fuller Austin: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Banker
Stephen Fuller Austin: Natural Resources\Pioneer\Frontiersman
Stephen Fuller Austin: Politics and Government\Governor\Texas
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.93.380
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d20df666-4404-4967-ad52-6d6daa5bfe02

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