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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Elisabet Ney

(Jan. 26,1833 - June 29, 1907)

 
 
Elisabet Ney Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith Peterson, July 7, 2007
1. Elisabet Ney Marker
Inscription. World-renowned sculptor; lived 35 years in Texas, where she executed works of many noted citizens.

Born in Muenster, Westphalia, Germany, Elisabet grew up beautiful, talented, and self-willed. At 19 she began to study at the Academy of Arts, Munich, where her skill and charm brought many admirers, and her strong opinions made some think her eccentric.

Before she was 30, Elisabet had produced statues of German royalty and many European statesmen. In 1863 she married Dr. Edmund Montgomery, whom she had met as a young medical student from Scotland. In 1870 they moved to the United States and in 1872, to Texas, which they liked for its vastness and its high regard for freedom. They purchased the famous Liendo plantation in present Waller County and there reared two sons, only one of whom lived to adulthood.

In 1892 Elisabet built this studio, “Formosa”, in which to execute statues of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston for the Texas exhibit at the 1893 World Fair. The statues now stand in the State Capitol. Here she also did a recumbent statue of military leader Albert Sidney Johnston, which lies over his grave at the State Cemetery in Austin. Elisabet Ney and Dr. Montgomery are both buried at Liendo.
 
Erected 1968 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker
Elisabet Ney Home and Studio Photo, Click for full size
By Keith Peterson, July 7, 2007
2. Elisabet Ney Home and Studio
Number 13828.)
 
Location. 30° 18.387′ N, 97° 43.601′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on East 44th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. At the entrance to the Elisabet Ney Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 E 44th St, Austin TX 78751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hodnette House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kopperl House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hyde Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Williams-Weigl House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wells-LaRue House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philquist-Wood House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elvira T. Manor Davis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Shipe House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Elisabet Ney Museum. (Submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Handbook of Texas Online. Elisabet Ney (Submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,705 times since then and 211 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Pictures of the statues of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. • Picture of statue of military leader Albert Sidney Johnston. • Can you help?
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