William Henry Huddle ( American, 1847 - 1892 )
This painting is the preparatory work for a large-scale posthumous portrait of Davy Crockett commissioned by the Texas State Legislature for the Capitol at Austin, where it is still on view. It commemorates David Crockett (1786-1836), one of the most famous adventurers in American history. A frontiersman, Tennessee state representative, U.S. congressman, and Indian war veteran, Crockett's legend was already established when he died on March 6, 1836, in the battle for Texas independence at the Alamo in San Antonio. Virginia-born William Huddle settled in Austin in 1876, after serving in the Confederate army. He is best known for his series of portraits of the governors of Texas and his history painting of the Texas war of independence, many of which are on view in the State Capitol.