A Guide to the Eugenie Etiennette Lavender Biography, undated
Born to Étienne Aubenel and Julienne Antoinette Fortin in Paris, France, Eugenie Etiennette Lavender (1817-1898) studied art at the École des Beaux Arts. After refusing a French nobleman of her parents’ choosing, she married Charles Lavender, a professor of science at the University of Paris. Lavender became known for her religious and historical paintings, notably The Greek in 1848. She immigrated with her husband and two children to the United States in 1852, first landing in New Orleans, Louisiana, before settling in Waco, Texas. Following the birth of her third child, Lavender began painting portraits and the Texas landscape. A year later, she returned to New Orleans, where her husband founded the Audubon College. Upon his death in the 1870s, Lavender moved to Corpus Christi and commenced teaching art while also painting religious scenes for local churches as well as still lifes.
Green, Rebecca H. "Lavender, Eugenie Etiennette Aubenel."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 5, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fla50.
Two copies of a typescript and a copy of an article from the St. Louis Republic compose the Eugenie Etiennette Lavender Biography, undated, documenting Lavender’s experiences as a young woman in Paris, France, her career as an artist, as well as her immigration to and life in the United States during the 19th century. The biography discusses the Lavender family’s arduous journey from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Waco, Texas, as well as her family history.
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Eugenie Etiennette Lavender Biography, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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