Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900
Texas History - Art
8.5 x 11, 498 pp.
471 b&w illus.
Pub Date: 01/19/2005
Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities
Price:        $60.00


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Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900

By Mavis P. Kelsey Sr. and Robin Brandt Hutchison

For centuries Texas has fired the imagination of artists as well as explorers and settlers. Before modern photography, engravings were the principal type of illustration used by artists to portray images of the state. Now, in this extensive catalogue, authors Mavis P. Kelsey Sr., and Robin Brandt Hutchison have surveyed all engraved illustrations about Texas published before 1900.

Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554–1900 presents the whole range of early Texas history as portrayed in published engravings: from the first printed representation of a buffalo in 1554 to a 1900 view of the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.

Entries include information on more than 2000 engravings, 470 of which are illustrated in this volume. Presented chronologically by century and decade of publication, each chapter features a brief introduction to the historical background of the era, highlighting key illustrations and placing the art within the context of major events of the period. Several topical discussions address subjects that span decades or recur as pervasive themes in illustration.

Historians, teachers, and scholars will find this catalogue a useful reference for locating pictorial representations of particular events, subjects, or persons. It is an indispensable source for lovers of Texas history and an important contribution to preserving the visual record.

Mavis P. Kelsey Sr., is a fifth-generation Texan and a 1932 graduate of Texas A&M University who has spent a lifetime collecting rare books, prints, and paintings of early America. He has written extensively on art, history, genealogy, and travel, including two previous books published by Texas A&M University Press—The Courthouses of Texas and Twentieth-Century Doctor. He is a longtime resident of Houston. A longtime resident of Houston, he has three married sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.Robin Brandt Hutchison holds a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University. She is an archivist in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, where she has primary curatorial responsibility for the Mary and Mavis P. Kelsey Collection of Americana and Art. She lives in College Station with her husband and two children.

What Readers Are Saying:

“It’s a great reference for anyone who enjoys the detailed study of Texas history, whether you’re a professional scholar or a serious amateur.” --Bryan-College Station Eagle

“It offers a fascinating glimpse into how Texas was visualized before the twentieth century.” --Review of Texas Books

Engraved Prints of Texas is a superb reference about prints and their locations that will be useful to academic and other scholars, educators, and others interested in Texas.” --Journal of the American Historical Print Collectors Society

“Superlative understates the quality of this book, Mavis Kelsey’s lifelong pursuit of illustration history has resulted in a vast and vital collection of engravings and prints from and about Texas. Ably aided in compiling, cataloging and presenting this edition by Robin Brandt Hutchinson, abetted by Ron Tyler (who contributes a fine introduction), Kelsey has produced a masterpiece, he’s collected, he’s elucidated, he’s preserved a matchless trove that vivifies much of Texas’s past. He and Robin Hutchinson have done more, they have made history by illimination. This book will charm the public and oblige the scholar.” --Frank E. Vandive, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University r

“With the dedicated amateur’s desire for comprehensiveness, attention to detail, and passion for accuracy, Mavis Kelsey with collaborator Robin Hutchison has illuminated Texas history as no previous scholar has done. From 18th and 19th century books, journals and newspapers he has gathered into a single large volume hundreds of wood and metal engravings that document the origins of the Texas myth and launched the unabated influx of immigrants to the Lone Star state. Kelsey’s lifetime labor of love becomes a land mark achievement of enduring benefit to those who would understand the Texas past.” --Al Lowman, past president, Texas State Historical Association

Engravings of Early Texas, in its excellent format, demonstrates the wonder and significance of old prints, often lost in time. Graphics not only make historical statements, but also tell a story of the development of printing and reflect an insight to the customs and mores of their time. Dr. Mavis Kelsey and the editors are to be complimented for this fine innovative work.” --Jenkins Garrett

“This splendid catalog of engravings depicting Texas to 1900 introduces us to an extensive and information-rich body of documentary evidence, as well as to important aspects of the popular culture and artistic expression of our past. Dr. Kelsey’s and Ms. Hutchison’s work is sure to become an essential reference tool for researchers and curators alike.” --Katherine J. Adams, Associate Director, Center for American History, Universi


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