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The Frank Reaugh art collection of over 200 works dating from 1880 to 1937, primarily consists of pastel landscapes on paper and board and includes a few oil landscapes and portraits, charcoal sketches, and pen and ink drawings. Native subjects and locations range from the Texas Panhandle to the state's western plains and mountainous southwestern borders and beyond, including a few locations in New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming. The breed of cattle known as the Texas Longhorn, Reaugh's favorite subject, appears in almost all of his landscapes.


During the 1930s, Frank Reaugh earnestly sought an institution in the Southwest to preserve his artwork. In 1937, eight years before his death, he gave a portion of his private collection to The University of Texas at Austin. Interest in Frank Reaugh has grown steadily over the years. Today, Reaugh is considered to be one of the most influential artists of his time, and his artwork is highly sought after by private collectors and museums alike. Reaugh's life and work will be the subject of a 2015 Ransom Center exhibition and publication.  The project to digitize and catalog the Frank Reaugh art collection was made possible with support from IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and TSLAC (Texas State Library and Archives Commission).

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