Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(Jan. 26,1833 - June 29, 1907)
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
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. Touch 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. ¼ mile away); Wells-LaRue House (approx. ¼ mile 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). Touch for a list and map 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, Music • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,997 times since then and 120 times this year. Last updated on November 12, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 2. submitted on November 12, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 3. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.