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Landscape of a Middling Plantation

Artist/Maker:
Unknown
Place Made:
Virginia or North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1835-1845
Medium:
watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
HOA 9-7/8″; WOA 14″
Accession Number:
5397
Description:
Discovered in Southside Virginia or Northeastern North Carolina, this unsigned landscape in watercolor and graphite that depicts a typical middling plantation of the region. The sort of three-bay vernacular farmhouse with later additions rambling off of the rear is common along the Virginia and North Carolina line. For example, the Gates County craftsman Joseph Freeman built a similar house in 1821 (Bivins, Coastal NC, 374). What is significant about this view is that it also depicts the various outbuildings that comprised the overall built environment. While the houses often survive, the farm landscapes that once surrounded them often do not.

DESCRIPTION: Landscape, watercolor and graphite on paper; the paper is brown and brittle. The image is of a farmhouse on the far left with surrounding out buildings; having seven out buildings; a single horse located in the background within fencing, and a single horse and rider in the foreground. The landscape is flat with three tall trees with green leaves in the foreground; similar small trees are in the background. The buildings and fencing are a blend of graphite and watercolor. In the lower right hand corner is the initial “M.”

Credit Line:
Gift of Dale L. Couch.