Theodore Gentilz - c1868 Mission Espada San Antonio, Texas
Nineteenth Century
Texas Art
        The trains first arrived in San Antonio, Texas in 1878. Prior to this date, Texas remained a Pioneer town with all necessities of life relying on hand-made products, living to the greatest extent without factory made products that could be shipped by train. Merchandise that was purchased in San Antonio was first sent by ship to Galveston, Texas and then by wagon train to San Antonio. Heavy items such as furniture was all hand-made in San Antonio and the German communities of Fredericksburg, Comfort & New Braunfels. The art created by these artists during this Pioneer period records the way of life as it was in San Antonio in the early to late 19th century.

          Some of the most influential Artists include Theodore Gentilz (1819-1906); Carl G. Von Iwonski (1830-1912); Hermann Lungkwitz (1813-1891); William G.M. Samuel (1825-1902); Richard Petri (1823-1857); Julius Stockfleth (1857-1935); Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1852-1917).


Carl G. Von Iwonski
Portrait of Sam Houston
c.1859


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