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A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South

On view in the Nancy N. and Colin G. Campbell Gallery
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Carolyn and Michael McNamara.

This wide-ranging exhibition explores and celebrates the remarkable art and antiques that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina Lowcountry, and the Backcountry between 1670 and 1840. Produced in conjunction with two dozen partner institutions and private collectors, A Rich and Varied Culture highlights the aesthetic diversity brought to these three regions of the early South by the disparate cultural and ethnic traditions that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style.

Double chest of drawers (overview and detail), Charleston, South Carolina, 1765-1780 1974-166
Coffee and Tea Service, Jeremiah Andrews, Norfolk, Virginia, ca. 1791-1817 Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2004-121, 2004-122,1-3 and 2004-123

On view are some 350 examples of furniture, paintings, ceramics and glass, silver, jewelry, iron, firearms, costume, architectural elements, archaeological artifacts, and much more. Together these compelling artifacts beautifully represent early populations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Many of the objects have never before been exhibited to the public.

Double chest of drawers, Charleston, South Carolina, 1765-1780 1974-166
Blanket chest decorated by Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1800-1805 1990.2000.1


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