Amon Carter print details

View on the Guadalupe, Seguin, Texas

Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge (1824-1913)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Medium

    Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on paper

  • Object Format


  • Dimensions

    Image: 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.
    Sheet: 6 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.

  • Inscriptions


    l.l. below image, handwritten in ink: (by the residence of Mr. Morrison)

    l.c. below image, handwritten in ink: View on the Guadalupe -- \ -- Seguin -- \ Texas

    l.r. below image, handwritten in ink: (Private Ferry,)

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art Archives, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Natalie K. Shastid

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

When Hardinge set sail for Galveston, Texas, in 1852, she and her husband hoped to claim land inherited from Sarah’s late brother. Their time in Texas was harsh, long, and ultimately fruitless. They were unable to claim her brother’s land, and Hardinge’s husband squandered their meager finances. Over a four-year period, the family lived in and around Austin, Seguin, and San Antonio, and Sarah gave birth to three boys, taught painting to children, and managed her family’s affairs. Still, she made time to document her experiences in a journal and in jewellike watercolors, including this portrayal of a ferry crossing near Seguin. In 1856, she left for New England, never to return to Texas.

More than 30 Hardinge watercolors are in the Carter’s collection. An invaluable record of settler-colonial life in Texas, they are some of the earliest depictions of the state by a woman.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023).

Additional details

Location: Off view


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