SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A restored portrait of Davy Crockett has returned to the Alamo, but some visitors say he looked more like a well-groomed gentleman than a tamer of the wild frontier.
The 1834 painting of Crockett has not hung in the Alamo since 1977.
Crockett was likely 47 when he sat for the portrait by artist John Gadsby Chapman, two years before the Tennessee statesman's death at the famous battle against the Mexican Army.
Crockett's careers ranged from hunting to serving in Congress, and his image was as varied, said Stephen Hardin, a professor of Texas and American history at Victoria College.
"What people need to remember is he had been a backwoods man, but when he was elected to Congress he became a gentleman," Hardin said.
Davy Crockett portrait makes return to Alamo
Published: Fri Nov 21, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:38 p.m.