|Birth: ||1836, Ireland|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1908|
San Antonio Light
February 17, 1908
In the death yesterday of Harry Arthur McArdle, San Antonio lost one of her best loved pioneer citizens and Texas an artist whose paintings have brought fame to the historic state. Among the most famous of these are the "Dawn at the Alamo," "The Log Cabin," "The Battle of San Jacinto" and "Steven F. Austin's Colony." The three latter now adorning the walls of the state capital at Austin.
One of the first pictures of note painted by Mr. McArdle was "Lee at the Wilderness," but this was destroyed when the old state house was burned some years ago.
Mr. McArdle was a native of Ireland and came to this country when a small child with his parents, who located at Baltimore. After graduating from the Peabody school he enlisted in the Confederate army, but saw very little services, as he was soon transferred to the navy department and was engaged in designing ships for the Confederacy. His work in this line was of great service.
About 40 years ago he removed to Texas, settling at Independence. At that time many of the famous characters of the state were still living and Mr. McArdle painted portraits of a number of them. During his lifetime he also made paintings of several of the governors of the state.
At one time Mr. McArdle was instructor of art at Baylor university and Baylor Female college. He was averse to notoriety and never would consent to seek the plaudits that his brush could easily have brought to him. He was a plain man and his friends were selected for their worth alone. Of those he had many in all sections of the state who will regret to learn of his death. He was about 72 years old.
Mr. McArdle is survived by five children. They are, in order of their ages: W. A., P. J., Miss Marie, P. M. and Ruskin McArdle. P. J. McArdle resides in Houston and Ruskin is now in Washington as secretary to Congressman Burleson. The others reside in this city.
The interment was in City cemetery No. 6 by the side of the body of his wife.
Isophene Lacy Dunnington McArdle (1846 - 1907)
City Cemetery #6
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