Chili Queens at the Alamo by Julian Onderdonk - Limited Edition
Dusk at the Alamo with the Chili Queens
It's something Teddy Roosevelt would have known from his time recruiting the Rough Riders at the bar of the Menger Hotel. It was also seen by O'Henry and Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage.
"In the soft atmosphere of the southern night, the cheap glass bottles upon the stands shine like crystal and lamps glow with a tender radiance. A hum of conversation ascends from the strolling visitors who are at their social shrine."
"Life in San Antonio was free and easy. The band played on the square in front of the Alamo, and San Antonians came out on the public square and walked around in circles just as they do in Mexico. In front of the Alamo there were chili stands."
"The rule of the chili queens presiding over the chili stands on the plazas was absolute. Their tables were patronized by people of all walks of life.
The banker touched elbows with the newsboy. The doctor sat by the farmer, the lawyer, judge and Sheriff sat next to the barber, the policeman and the porter.
Generally the chili queen reserved a seat near the center of the inner circle or bench for the newspaper reporter and the hackman, who were her particular protégés.
The bootblack also belonged to the inner circle, to which sometimes the musician, the actor and the gambler was admitted, but most of the patrons, and especially the politicians, had to take seats on the outer edge of the table."
This charming scene of moonlight on the Shrine of Texas Liberty was painted by Julian Onderdonk. It isn't dated, but we can read the clues at the left edge.
- 24 by 18 inches
- Limited Edition of 254 copies
- Each is hand-numbered
- Museum Quality Reproduction
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton with an elegant ever so 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 they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
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