Middleton Place National Historic Landmark and the Edmondston-Alston House in downtown Charleston are currently featuring a special exhibition of works by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith in connection with the recent launch of the book Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist. Alice Smith was a leading artist in the movement that sparked economic revival and historic preservation in Charleston in the decades between the two world wars. The book and the exhibition provide unique insights into Alice as an author, illustrator, printmaker, painter, teacher, and historian from the perspective of her family and close friend.

Born in 1876, Alice Smith was descended from Henry Middleton, who established Middleton Place, and his son Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As an artist, the Low Country’s natural environment was a strong pull for Smith, who on a Sunday stroll once walked the 17 miles from Charleston to Middleton Place with her father. Smith referred to Middleton Place as “a jewel thrown down in the green woods,” and her vivid depictions of the magnificent oaks and gardens, rice fields and lakes, and Ashley River vistas are among the works that are featured in the book and will be on display in the exhibits.

June 30, 2021 - January 10, 2022

Middleton Place and the Edmondston Alston House
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

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