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Revisited: The Early Portraiture of William Harrison Scarborough showcases the artist’s Darlington period as the foundation upon which his later success was built. The exhibition features 22 artworks by Scarborough, including a rare self-portrait and one of few documented miniature portraits on ivory.
Significantly greater in volume, although somewhat lesser known, are Scarborough’s prolific portraits of South Carolina’s well-to-do. Lawyers, bankers, doctors and civic leaders whose affluence and influence shaped the state’s history and institutions were immortalized by Scarborough before the widespread replacement of painting with photography.
From 1838 to 1845, Scarborough lived and worked in Darlington District. During those years he created portraits by commission of some of the most prominent individuals in the Pee Dee, from Sumter and Williamsburg to Marion and Cheraw. These early portraits by Scarborough document people at a turning point, after the arrival of the cotton gin and before the coming of the railroads, when Antebellum agriculture was transforming the rural Carolina backcountry into a pillar of prosperity and plantation wealth.
By using a selection of historical artifacts and artworks, some of which have not been exhibited in the 175 years since their creation, this exhibition seeks not only to reflect the rich talent of an important South Carolina artist, but to also capture a rare glimpse into the lives of his subjects in the Pee Dee region, and present a unique portrait of a place in time.
A reception and public lecture are planned for the evening of Thursday, October 18 and the exhibit is on view through February 24, 2019.
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