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Born on the Island

The Galveston We Remember

Art by Eugene Aubry; Text by Stephen Fox; Foreword by Lyda Ann Thomas

Publication Year: 2012

In sixty-seven exquisite watercolors and drawings, nationally famous architect Eugene Aubry captures on paper the sensibilities, the memories, and the grace that evokes Galveston, especially for those who are BOI (“born on the island”). Commissioned by the Galveston Historical Foundation, these works of art are intended to enhance the visual record of the buildings and the unique local architectural style that so many have appreciated over the years.? In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Galvestonians became more aware than ever of the treasure of the island’s historical architecture and the vulnerability of this heritage to forces beyond human control. Aubry’s art captures the almost palpable sense of past glories these buildings bring to mind. Aubry—himself BOI—has fashioned these pieces in a way that resonates with those who love the island’s ethos. ?With a fine eye to the artist’s intent and a mastery of detail, architectural historian Stephen Fox expertly and eloquently introduces the work as a whole and, in discursive captions that accompany each image, informs the reader’s appreciation of Aubry’s art.? So much more than a tribute, Born on the Island: The Galveston We Remember stands as a loving homage to Galveston—one that will call its readers home to the island, even if they have never ventured there before.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Title Page

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Contents

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pp. v-

Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-

Galveston is my hometown. My family has lived here for six generations. The buildings, streets, alleys, sidewalks, and East End Victorian mansions and cottages shaped my childhood world as I explored my environment...

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Introduction: To Return

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pp. 1-5

Eugene Aubry’s watercolor perspectives of Galveston street scenes belong to an art genre historically associated with Galveston. In the late nineteenth century, when Galveston was Texas’ major seaport city, the immigrant...

The Images

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pp. 7-141

Index of Illustrations

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pp. 143-144

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781603448017
E-ISBN-10: 1603448012
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603447966
Print-ISBN-10: 1603447962

Page Count: 160
Illustrations: 46 watercolors. 21 line art. Index.
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities