MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART PERMANENT COLLECTION

"Avenue of Oaks at Litchfield Plantation" by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner (1883–1979)
Avenue of Oaks at Litchfield Plantation
c. 1940
Oil on board
23 1/8 x 28 1/8 inches
Museum purchase; 1993.003

This lowcountry view shows an oak alley receding into the distance toward a large plantation house. The property is Litchfield, a coastal rice plantation originally built in the 1700s and located on the Waccamaw River in South Carolina.

The artist Elizabeth O'Neill Verner frequently painted lowcountry scenes. She became more actively involved in creating art following the death of her husband in 1925, establishing an art studio and produced etchings as a means of support for herself and her children. Verner often used her art and writing to encourage public support for the preservation and protection of Charleston's architecture and lifestyle. She is considered one of the leaders of the Charleston Renaissance, a dramatic cultural renewal spearheaded by local writers and artists between 1915 and 1940.