Elisabet Ney

Elisabet Ney (HMHDS)

Location: Austin, TX 78751 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 18.387', W 97° 43.601'

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

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.
Marker Number13828_MARKER
Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 1:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622434 N 3353429
Decimal Degrees30.30645000, -97.72668333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 18.387', W 97° 43.601'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 18' 23.22" N, 97° 43' 36.06" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 304 E 44th St, Austin TX 78751, US
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