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Seth Eastman’s Drawing of Corpus Christi: A Military Man’s Representation of the South Texas Frontier Settlement, Circa 1849

Seth Eastman’s Drawing of Corpus Christi: A Military Man’s Representation of the South Texas... Seth Eastman, circa 1860. Civil War photographs 1861–1865, Library of Congress, Wash- ington, D.C. 2009 Article 169 Notes and Documents Seth Eastman’s Drawing of Corpus Christi: A Militar y Man’s Representation of the South Texas Frontier Settlement, Circa 1849 By James Graham Baker* arly in its history, Texas was graced with the presence and work of a number of fine artists. Some had a folk-art feel to their Ework, like Theodore Gentilz, who arrived in Texas in 1844 working as a surveyor for Henri Castro, the founder of Castroville on the Medina River. Others were exceptionally well trained, like Richard Petri, who had attended art school in Munich. Many of the best artists were foreign born, and some were only passing through Texas, like the Englishman Thomas Flintoff. However, one American-born artist who stands out for the faith- fulness of his works and his contribution to documenting early Texas was a militar y man, Seth Eastman. Recently four of Seth Eastman’s drawings appeared at auctions. All four purportedly came from the descendants of Caleb Lyon (1822–75). *James Graham Baker retired from Texas A&M University as Director of Computing for the College of Architecture in 2005. In addition to his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

Seth Eastman’s Drawing of Corpus Christi: A Military Man’s Representation of the South Texas Frontier Settlement, Circa 1849

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Abstract

Seth Eastman, circa 1860. Civil War photographs 1861–1865, Library of Congress, Wash- ington, D.C. 2009 Article 169 Notes and Documents Seth Eastman’s Drawing of Corpus Christi: A Militar y Man’s Representation of the South Texas Frontier Settlement, Circa 1849 By James Graham Baker* arly in its history, Texas was graced with the presence and work of a number of fine artists. Some had a folk-art feel to their Ework, like Theodore Gentilz, who arrived in Texas in 1844 working as a surveyor for Henri Castro, the founder of Castroville on the Medina River. Others were exceptionally well trained, like Richard Petri, who had attended art school in Munich. Many of the best artists were foreign born, and some were only passing through Texas, like the Englishman Thomas Flintoff. However, one American-born artist who stands out for the faith- fulness of his works and his contribution to documenting early Texas was a militar y man, Seth Eastman. Recently four of Seth Eastman’s drawings appeared at auctions. All four purportedly came from the descendants of Caleb Lyon (1822–75). *James Graham Baker retired from Texas A&M University as Director of Computing for the College of Architecture in 2005. In addition to his

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Sep 16, 2012

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