Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Emily Rutland Art Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Emily Rutland and other artists
Title Emily Rutland Art Collection
Dates: 1900-1910
Abstract: The Emily Rutland Art Collection depicts rural scenes from farm life in the early and middle 20th century. Animals and landscapes of South Texas are illustrated in a variety of media including charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink, and lithographs.
Identification A1998-021
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Rutland%20EAD
Quantity: 212 art works
Location: I-8-1 Box # 1 - 4
Language: English

Historical Note

Emily Edith Schwarz Rutland was born in July 5, 1890, she lived on farms in the Petronila area and in Kingsville, Texas. She had periods of formal training, she attended the San Antonio Art School and studied with Xavier Gonzales and attended workshop with Cryil Kay Scott. Later she went to classes at Texas A&I, now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Rutland married J. B. Rutland, a farmer of the Robstown area. Their house was small and the bedroom became her studio with canvasses stored in every corner, she would sell her lithographs from $5 to $25. Rutland painted rural scenes depicting everyday happenings of life on a farm in the first half of the 20th century. She traveled to New Mexico and Colorado and did some paintings of areas during her travels. In the 1970s she moved to Kingsville where she lived until she died November 19, 1983. She is buried in Robstown. Rutland's pictures were genre paintings of farm animals that were featured in many exhibits over the years such as the Highland Park Exhibit of Dallas, Issac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans (1935 and 1937 one-woman); Texas Centennial Exhibition, Dallas (1936); Texas Fine Arts Association Annual Exhibition (1944-46, 1947 prize) and many more. Emily Rutland is known for pictures of farm animals which were often dark and moody and landscape paintings. She was a founding member of the South Texas Art League and taught watercolor to many area artists. She worked in a variety of media including watercolors, charcoal, pastel sketches, pen and ink, lithographs, prints and portfolios. The Rutland works were donated to South Texas Archives by Dolores Price of Kingsville. She rescued a box of works before it was thrown out after Emily Rutland died and her house was being cleaned.

Scope and Contents

The Emily Rutland Collection contains 212 art works by herself and the artists listed. The collection includes a small number of works by Kyle R. Morris, Julius Woeltz, Xavier Gonzalez, Joseph Polley Paine, Mackie Smith, Betty Shamel, Clara Mae Marcotte, Hazel McGraw, John Teyral, Bess Hubbard, Elmer Plummer, Jerry Farnsworth, David Fedenthat, William Thon, Frederick Haucke, Nicolai Cikovsky, Frederic Taubes, Hobson Pittman, Zoltan Sepeshy, Henry Lee McFee, and Sidney Laufman. Some of the works were gifts by fellow artists and others works were done by students that she taught. Watercolors, charcoal drawings, lithographs and pen and ink drawings comprise the collection.


The collection is arranged in its original order by the artist.

Index Terms

Rutland, Emily 1890-1983
Morris, Kyle Randolph, 1918-1979
Gonzalez, Xavier, 1898-1993
Paine, Joseph Polley, 1912-1998
McGraw, Hazel Fulton, 1897-1968
McFee, Henry Lee, 1886-1953
South Texas Art League
Southern States Art League
Texas Fine Arts Association
Corpus Christi Art Foundation
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
University Art Collection, Southern Methodist University
San Antonio Art School
Texas A&I University
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Robstown (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Domestic animals
Watercolor painting
Charcoal drawing
Pen drawing
Landscape painting
Composition (Art)