The Settlement of Austin's Colony,
or The Log Cabin (1875)

Painted at the same time as the first Dawn at the Alamo, The Settlement of Austin's Colony was intended to be the first in a series of works in which McArdle would depict scenes from Texas history. Stephen F. Austin is shown rallying his colonists against the Karankawa Indians around 1824, as an unnamed scout comes to the cabin door to sound the alarm. The others depicted include land commissioner Baron de Bastrop on the left, secretary of the colony Samuel L. Williams on the right, chief scout Ran Foster in front of Williams, Austin's cook Simon at the window, and surveyor Horatio Chriesman at Austin's feet.


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