Famous Sculptress Spent Last 45 Years in Texas

Elisabet Ney, a classically trained sculptress once the toast of Europe, died on June 29, 1907 on the plantation outside Hempstead where she spent nearly the last half century of her life.

Ney and her husband, a research scientist who devoted much of his time to getting Prairie View Normal off the ground, came to Texas in 1872.   She resumed sculpting 20 years later in the Austin studio that is now the museum named for her, and her life-size likenesses of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston can be seen in state capitol.

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