Frank Reaugh

LR-Reaugh Portrait Early
A Professional Portrait of
 Frank Reaugh
From the 1890’s
From the Collection of LDC

 Welcome to Lucretia Donnell Coke’s Frank Reaugh Web pages. This site features reproductions of her collection of Reaugh paintings, memorabilia, and manuscript materials, including excerpts from the sketch trip diaries, and the journal that he kept in Paris. 

Charles Franklin Reaugh, better known as Frank Reaugh, lived from 1860 to 1945. He came to Texas as a boy of 16 in 1876 and settled in Terrell, Kaufman County. Early in life his talent for art convinced him that he should make a career of it. He spent some time in Saint Louis studying art, and in 1889 he went to Paris, France (there is a Paris, Texas). He returned in 1889 and started going on sketch trips to West Texas with various cattle outfits. Around this time he started taking students, and soon moved to Oak Cliff, now a part of Dallas. From 1905 until 1939 he took his art students on annual sketch trip to West Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. There are many sketch trip diaries by his students, so we know a great deal about them.

Lucretia ( Donnell) and her mother (also Lucretia) were students of Mr. Reaugh. Lucretia the younger went on nearly all of the sketch trips to West Texas in the 1930s. Her mother sometimes went on these trips as a chaperone. If she did not attend, another mother acted as chaperone for Mr. Reaugh’s young students. Lucretia is no longer with us, but in 2005 she and her daughters went on a sketch trip to the Caprock canyonlands. In the spring of 2006 she continued the Frank Reaugh sketch trip tradition by going to the Panhandle-Plains, where she painted Medicine Mounds, the Wichita Mountains, Antelope Hills, the site of the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, and the Quitaque Peaks. In the fall she went on a short sketch trip to Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country.

We, the family and friends of Lucretia, are pleased that the Frank Reaugh sketch trip is still alive in the twenty-first century.