MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART PERMANENT COLLECTION

"River Plantation" by Thomas Addison Richards

Thomas Addison Richards (1820–1900)
River Plantation
1855–60
Oil on canvas
20¼ x 30 inches
Museum purchase; 1989.01.161

This peaceful scene is believed to depict a pre-Civil War plantation. A large oak tree laden with moss grows beside a slow Southern river. People stroll along a river path, while further to the left we can barely see the white columns of a large plantation-style house, surrounded by a wooden fence. While the location of this plantation is unknown, the characteristics of this landscape and the artist's familiarity with the Augusta, Georgia area suggest that this plantation may have been located near Augusta on the Savannah River.