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Landscape artist Ida Weisselberg Hadra born in Castroville

January 4th, 1861

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On this date in 1861, German immigrants Gustav Frederick and Anna (von Groos) Weisselberg celebrated the birth of a daughter, Ida, in Castroville, Texas. The family later moved to Austin, where Ida had opportunities to study with landscape artist Hermann Lungkwitz and portrait artist Ella Moss Duval. Under their tutelage the young painter demonstrated promising talent, especially for landscape studies. In 1882, she married physician Berthold Ernest Hadra and the couple moved to San Antonio, where Ida continued her studies with Mrs. Duval and painted several scenes of San Antonio of historical interest. Three years later Ida Weisselberg Hadra died of peritonitis on November 4, 1885.

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