Originally created abt. 1800 by an unknown artist in South Carolina, this decorative print entitled OLD PLANTATION was reproduced by permission in 1968 in a portfolio collection from which it was extracted. It is a high quality print in excellent condition, perfectly suitable for framing - a wonderful alternative to expensive originals and looks great when framed! It is NOT a modern reproduction of the book print/plate. The image measures approximately 13" x 8.5" and the overall page size is 17" x 13.25" including border. The backside of this print is blank. It is in excellent condition. This primitive watercolor in which realism dominates is one of the few examples of southern folk art in this medium. The fusion of African and Southern cultures is captured in this document of plantation life. In the background is a view of the main house with its dependencies. In the foreground are boldly accented and individualized figures. While the dress of the slaves is colonial, the musical instruments, turbans, scarves, and stick ceremony attest to the survival of African custom on American ground. The movement of the three central Negroes is extraordinary in folk art where static poses prevail. The ceremony in progress may be an actual slave wedding, in contrast to usual stylized portrayals of historic and social events.
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