AUSTIN (AP) – Crews have returned the iconic painting “Fall of the Alamo” to Texas Governor’s Mansion as a $25 million restoration of the historic mansion nears completion.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry says crews returned the 1903 painting by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk to the mansion, which first became home to the Texas governor in 1858.
The painting depicts Davy Crockett and other Alamo defenders engaged in hand-to-hand combat at dawn of March 6, 1836, the day the Alamo fell to Mexican forces under the command of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Perez de Lebron.
The painting was donated anonymously to the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion in 1981 and moved from the mansion to the Governor’s Office in October 2007 to make way for the renovation project.