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June 2001

Release Date: June 12, 2001

West Texas Collection to Honor Western Artist with Reception

Artist Bruce Marshall, author and illustrator of "Uniforms of the Republic of Texas," will be the featured guest at a reception hosted Tuesday, June 19, by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection on the campus of Angelo State University.

The West Texas Collection, which has in its holdings several watercolors by Marshall, is sponsoring the reception in conjunction with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Marshall is visiting San Angelo for a presentation for the Region XV Education Service Center. The reception is open to the public and is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Texas Collection on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont.

Marshall is best known for his historical portrayals of Texas, Mexico, the Southwest and the Old South. Though the majority of his paintings have historical settings, critics have noted that the themes and imagery in his works convey universal and positive human themes and values. Copies of Marshall's book, "Uniforms of the Republic of Texas and the Men That Wore Them, 1836-1846," will be available at the reception.

Several of Marshall's original artworks will be on display during the reception, including five from the West Texas Collection. Those five are "The Margueritas," "Return of the Texas Navy," "Lone Star Militia," "Going to Texas" and "Boarding Party."

The watercolors held by the West Texas Collection were provided by the estate of Ralph Preston Fairbanks. A San Angelo native, Fairbanks was a graduate of Angelo State and an avid history buff, who began collecting Marshall's works early in his career. Fairbanks died in 1990.

Marshall's most widely recognized works include "The Texas Citizen Soldier," an oil for the Texas Room of the National Infantry Museum; "The Patriots" for the Mahler Student Center of Dallas Baptist University; and "Ten Historic Texans," commissioned by Southwestern Bell as a cover for 15 million telephone directories. More than 40 of his works hang in permanent museum collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the War Memorial Museum of Virginia, the San Jacinto Monument and the Alamo. His works have been displayed in the Rotunda of the Texas Capitol, the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian, among others.

He is currently writing and illustrating "Uniforms of the Texas Revolution," a sequel to "Uniforms of the Republic of Texas."

For additional information on the reception, contact the West Texas Collection at 942-2164.

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