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IN PURSUIT OF REFINEMENT: CHARLESTONIANS ABROAD, 1740-1860. Maurie D. McInnis et al. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, 1999. Organized in association with Historic Charleston Foundation. Published by University of South Carolina Press, Columbia. 374 pp. with 231 ills. (80 col.). 28 x 25 cm. LC 98-58068 ISBN 1570033145 In English.
Accompanying an exhibition designed to illuminate the strong European orientation of Charleston culture from the late colonial to the antebellum period, this scholarly catalogue thoroughly documents nearly 150 objects commissioned, collected or produced by Charlestonians during the era, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures (chiefly portraits, landscapes and religious tableaux) by such artists as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Copley, West, Rosa, Tischbein and Kauffmann as well as furniture, silver, ceramics and other decorative pieces. Illustrations and individual examinations of most of the exhibited works are prefaced by five substantial essays discussing such topics as the impact of the Grand Tour experiences of Charleston's merchant and planter classes on the city's cultural identity; the patronage of British portrait painters by Charlestonians and their assiduous acquisition of European art and luxury goods; and the career of Charleston watercolorist, archaeologist and connoisseur John Izard Middleton.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1600-1800, 1800-1900 — Several Media
Plans: 02,04
Worldwide Number: 027006
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