This painting of Jim Bowie that appears in Lon Tinkle's 13 Days To Glory, as well as on Greg's site banner, is a later variation on the George Healy portrait of Bowie.
This variation on the Healy portrait is probably my favorite Bowie image. It appears in Marion Michael Null's THE FORGOTTEN PIONEER, a life of Crockett. But unfortunately, like the portrait in 13 Days, no artistic credit is given. Too bad.
Again, here is the George P.Healy portrait of Bowie, before its restoration by Joe Musso. The signifacence of this circa 1831 portrait is that it is the ony one of Bowie that was done from life.
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2006 0:01:06 GMT -5 by neferetus
The Bowie portrait had been hanging over the Bowie family's fireplace in Louisiana for so long, that it had become blackened by soot. That's why, in earlier history books, the portrait always appears so dark. In the early Eighties, the Bowie family requested artist and Bowie historian Joseph Musso to both clean and restore the portrait for them. The portrait was sold to the State of Texas in the early Nineties.
Here's the painting, after Joe Musso restored it. (Davy Webb Collection)
Here's the first color photo ever taken of the portrait that was sent to me by Jim Bowie's great niece, Gwendolyn Moore Burke in 1981. As Arthur Hunnicutt might've said, "That painting needs a mite fixin'." Joe did a great Job.