The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Onderdonk - Limited Edition
The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Onderdonk - Limited Edition
The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Onderdonk - Limited Edition

The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Onderdonk - Limited Edition

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Crockett's Last Stand

When you think of the fall of the Alamo, do you imagine Davy Crockett, fighting to the bitter end, defiantly swinging "ol' Betsy" over his head?

If so, this is were the image comes from.

In 1901, historian James DeShields commissioned Robert Jenkins Onderdonk to paint "Crockett's last fight." Two years later the artist presented him with what you see here: The Fall of the Alamo.

Onderdonk knew from his research that Crockett and his Tennesseans had been assigned to defend the area between the Alamo Church and the Low Barrack, which was fortified by a wooden palisade.

He also knew that witnesses to the aftermath, Susanna Dickinson, Maria Catanon Villanueva, and Joe (slave of Col. Travis), had reported Crockett's body in that area.

To depict Crockett himself, the artist studied portraits from the 1830s. To stage the scene, he recruited his sons and their friends act it out with period weaponry. 

Cinematic is a good word to describe the result.

Onderdonk said he wanted The Fall of the Alamo to,  "strike you with force, all at once, and keep your attention to the finish - that is, until you have seen it all and understand it all without words to help."

For Texans, that's exactly what this image of Crockett does. One look and you understand it all, without words to help.

Today, The Fall of the Alamo hangs in the entry hall of the Texas Governor's Mansion.

Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1852-1917) came to Texas as a young man, after studying painting under William Merritt Chase at the National Academy of Design. He settled in San Antonio. Today he is called the "Dean of Texas Artists" for his role in teaching dozens of young Texas painters who went on to have fine careers. His own son, Julian, is considered by many to be the greatest painter of Texas bluebonnet landscapes who ever lived.

Our museum quality reproduction is 24 by 18 inches and is limited to 254 copies, one for each county in Texas. Each one is hand-numbered.

One look and you understand it all. 

Physical Details

  • 24 by 18 inches
  • Limited Edition of 254 copies
  • Each is hand-numbered
  • Museum Quality Reproduction
This is a high quality fine-art print.

The paper is acid free, cold press cotton watercolor with an elegant lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.

The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.

It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!

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