The Elisabet Ney Museum was built in 1892 as the studio of Elisabet Ney, a German sculptor who immigrated to America with her husband, Edmund Montgomery prior to the Franco-Prussian war. Aptly naming it “Formosa” (“Beautiful” in Portuguese), Ney designed the neoclassical style structure to aid her sculpting process.
Today, the museum, surrounded by Austin's National Register Historic District of Hyde Park, houses the World's most extensive collection of Ney's work. This collection spans the beginning of her career in Europe, when she mingled with Royalty and sculpted significant political, cultural, scientific and social figures, to her later years in Austin, where she portrayed a similar variety of early Texas notables.
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