For her entire life (1876-1858,) Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, artist and historian, was purely of her place- the South Carolina lowcountry around Charleston. She was born into genteel poverty at the end of Reconstruction in the South. From the center of her large, creative family, she built a vision, a career, and a lifetime of art that placed her into the forefront of southern culture during the first half of the 20th century.
This book is a complete study of Alice Smith’s life and art. Martha R. Severens provides insight into Smith’s life and describes her prominent role in Charleston and its history. The author also traces Smith’s development into one of the leading artists of her time, most famous for her poetic watercolors of the Carolina lowcountry.
Over 70 works are illustrated here, including 55 color reproductions. With this important text, they truly bring Alice Smith’s legacy to life.