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Nineteenth Century Portraits
The dominant form of painting in the South of the 1800s is the subject of Nineteenth-Century Portraits. The sophistication and skill of the painters vary considerably, from that of the unknown painter who captured the likeness of Rebecca Bowen, a seventeen-year-old bride, most likely lost to disease or the rigors of childbirth, to that of the academically trained Samuel F. B. Morse, a wintertime resident of Charleston in the early 1820s. In addition to showing the wide range of portrait styles in the days before the rise of photography, this gallery illustrates the geographic range of the museum’s interests and the ways in which culture traveled from the great port cities of Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, and New Orleans to such inland marketplaces as Nashville, Natchez, and Louisville.

 
Washing Clothes
Samuel F. B. Morse, Mrs. Samuel Thurston, Charleston, undated. Oil on canvas; 36¼ x 28 inches.
Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m. • Closed Mondays and major holidays
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