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William Henry Huddle:

An Inventory of His Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Huddle, William Henry, 1847-1892
Title: William Henry Huddle Art Collection
Dates: 1870s-1890s
Extent: 13 items
Abstract: The works of William Henry Huddle consist of portrait, self-portrait, and landscape paintings.
Call Number: Art Collection AR-00127
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to pull art materials to the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve Art Collection materials, please contact the Center's staff at Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
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Administrative Information

Acquisition: Gifts, 1965-2014
Jill Morena, 2017

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

William H. Huddle was born in Wytheville, Virginia, on 12 February 1847. He served in the Confederate Army and after the Civil War settled in Paris, Texas to work in his father's gunsmith shop. Huddle studied painting in Virginia with his cousin, Flavius Fisher, a portraitist in Washington D.C., and in New York at the National Academy of Design before establishing a painting studio in Austin, Texas in 1876. Huddle traveled to Munich to further hone his portrait painting skills in anticipation of commissions from the Texas legislature. Huddle is largely known for his portraits of Texas governors, politicians, and depictions of the Texas war of independence and the battle of San Jacinto. Many of these paintings are displayed at the Texas State Capitol. Huddle married artist Nannie Zenobia Carter in 1889. He died in Austin on 23 March 1892.


Handbook of Texas Online, Sam D. Ratcliffe, "Huddle, William Henry," accessed August 21, 2017,

Scope and Contents

The works in the William Henry Huddle Art Collection consist of portraits of himself, family members, friends, and Texas political figures.

Related Material

Works by William H. Huddle's wife, Nannie Z. Huddle (1860-1951), can be found in the Kelly H. Stevens Art Collection (AR-00264) and the Elisabet Ney Art Collection (AR-00193). Works include oil and watercolor paintings of Austin, Texas landscapes, and sculptures in plaster and clay of friends and family members. There are also seven paintings by William Huddle in the Kelly H. Stevens Art Collection.

Separated Material

Index Terms


Huddle, William Henry.
Palm, Swante, 1815-1899.
Smith, Ashbel, 1805-1886.


Portraits, American--19th century.

Document Types

Charcoal drawings.
Oil Paintings.
Portrait photographs.

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