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ANTEBELLUM PORTRAITURE

Antebellum literally means “before the war,” and it refers to the time before the Civil War. During this era, Southern plantation owners and merchants profited from fertile land, cheap labor, and prosperous trade. A wealthier economy promoted a common focus on the importance of one’s social status. Prior to the era of photography, the physical appearance and social status of a person or a family could be forever memorialized in painted form. As a result, portraits became the most popular forms of artwork among those who could afford to pay for them. > BACK TO THE COLLECTION

Highlights (Click on an image for object details)
"Lizzie Neigh Weir" by William C. A. Frerichs
Lizzie Leigh Weir
By William C. A. Frerichs
1864
"Portrait of African-American Woman" by James Hamilton Shegogue
Portrait of African-American Woman
By James Hamilton Shegogue
1825–1833
"Portrait of Levi Fletcher" by Thomas Sully
Portrait of Levi Fletcher
By Thomas Sully
1830
"Portrait of Mrs. William Creighton" by Charles Bird King
Portrait of Mrs. William Creighton (Elizabeth Meade Creighton)
By Charles Bird King
c. 1820
"Portrait of Western Berkeley Thomas and Emily Howard Thomas of Augusta, Georgia" by George Cooke
Portrait of Western Berkeley Thomas and Emily Howard Thomas of Augusta, Georgia
By George Cooke
1840
"Young Girl with Cat" by Nicola Marschall
Young Girl with Cat
By Nicola Marschall
1867
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