Sam Houston Statue by Elisabet Ney, Pioneering Female Sculptor
A Texas hero immortalized in marble
Elisabet Ney was a German sculptor with a Texas-sized talent. Born in Münster, Westphalia, Ney immigrated to Texas with her family in 1873. She built her limestone studio, named Formosa, in Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood in 1892. The studio and the grounds are now part of the Elisabet Ney Museum.
This statue of Sam Houston was commissioned in 1892 for the Texas State Building at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Ney sculpted this vigorous portrait of Houston at about age 40—the age he was when he first came to Texas and took on the leadership of the Texas revolutionary army and soon after, the Republic of Texas. The original of this marble statue stands next to Ney's marble portrait of Stephen F. Austin in the Texas state capitol building. This replica Houston statue lives just down the street with the Capitol Goddess statue at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Texas State Preservation Board, Capitol Historical Artifact Collection, Austin;
82.5" Height X 25" Width X 25" Depth
This artifact is currently on view.