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Robert Jenkins Onderdonk’s 18th century painting, the 'Fall of the Alamo' is moved from its temporary spot in the Capitol back to its home in the entry hall of the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, June 29, 2012
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Historic Paintings Return Home

Friday, June 29, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Noteworthy

As restoration of the Texas Governor's Mansion nears completion, additional historic pieces have returned to the home this week, including Robert Jenkins Onderdonk's famous 1903 painting, "Fall of the Alamo" and Sir Joshua Reynolds' 18th century painting, "Richard Barwell and His Son." The paintings were moved to the Governor's Office and First Lady's Office in the State Capitol when the deferred maintenance project began in October 2007.

Donated anonymously to the Friends of the Governor's Mansion by two Houston families in 1981, "Fall of the Alamo" will return to its spot in the entry hall of the Governor's Mansion above the American Empire sofa. The painting depicts Davy Crockett and other defenders of the Alamo in hand-to-hand combat at dawn on March 6, 1836, the day the Alamo fell. It is considered to be the most authentic painting of the battle, and has been featured in many textbooks and history books.

"Richard Barwell and His Son" will return to its spot in the upstairs hallway of the Governor's Mansion. The portrait was donated by Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Moody III in honor of Gov. and Mrs. Allan Shivers in 1952.