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portrait of Stephen F. Austin with dog
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This monumental piece, painted c. 1820s or 1830s by a Chicago artist named Brand, is a copy of another painting which was lost in the 1881 fire that destroyed the limestone Capitol on this site. Both paintings were based upon a c. 1833 watercolor on ivory miniature of Austin. This painting was donated to the State of Texas in 1889 for display in the House Chamber by William Joel Bryan and Guy M. Bryan, Jr., nephew and grand nephew of Stephen F. Austin. According to the 1889 House Journal, the painting was carried into the House Chamber covered with a Lone Star flag.