Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lena's Legend by Jay Hester

Lena’s Legend Jay Hester
Oil on canvas
20” x 30”

Selection from TEXAS- Stories of the Land

Gicleé Reproductions/ Signed and Numbered limited editions of 10
• 20” x 30” gicleé reproductions available at $900.00
• 20” x 30” embellished gicleé reproductions available at $1,200.00

After Dr. Herff restored the eyesight of an Indian chief in the late 1840’s, the grateful man promised to return with a gift. Six months later, apologizing for the delay, he appeared with his gift, a young Mexican servant girl. The girl, accepted by Herff and adopted by the community, worked in the galley as she became familiar with her new home. Later she married Hermann Spiess, one of the German pioneers, a friend of Herff and the successor of John Meusebach as commissioner of Adlesverein – the colonization of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant in the U.S. state of Texas.

"The legend of the young Mexican girl, gifted by a grateful chief and her ultimate acceptance into this German settlement, is a compelling Cinderella story.” 

– Jay Hester

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