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Elizabeth Ney

b. 1833, Münster, Germany; d. 1907, Austin, Texas

The correct spelling of this name is ELIZABET NEY.

Elizabet Ney was a sculptor known for her busts of prominent figures. She trained at the Royal Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and exhibited her work at the Berlin Exposition in 1856. Her busts of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and King George V of Hanover brought her acclaim; in following years, she made likenesses of Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi and Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck. After emigrating to the United States and putting aside her work in sculpture to raise a son, she received commissions to make busts of the Texans Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin. These were shown at the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1896.