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Published: Nov 4 2010
Size: 7.25 x 10.25
Anna Heyward Taylor, Edmund R. Taylor, and Alexander Moore
Edmund R. Taylor is the nephew of Anna Heyward Taylor. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University Medical School, he practiced surgery in Columbia, South Carolina, for thirty-five years. He has been the owner and curator of Anna Heyward Taylor's letters, which he recently donated to the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.
Alexander Moore is a historian of colonial South Carolina, documentary editor, and student of southern art history. The former director of the South Carolina Historical Society, Moore is an acquisitions editor at the University of South Carolina Press and the author or editor of several works on southern history.
"Anna Heyward Taylor has a special place at the Columbia Museum of Art, where our collection is home to more than thirty of her works, including watercolors, prints, and drawings. With close ties to the artist's family for more than six decades, the Museum celebrates the publication of this monumental volume of letters highlighting the spirit and talents of this remarkable woman. Taylor certainly was of independent mind, and her worldly travels and South Carolina roots infused her celebrated work with deeply felt convictions, an embrace of color, and a love of nature. The correspondence and illustrations collected here, coupled with the editors' introduction and annotations, bring Taylor's work and world vibrantly to life for her aficionados and those being introduced to her here for the first tim"—Karen Brosius, executive director, Columbia Museum of Art
"We have known Anna Heyward Taylor by her block prints and watercolors, all practiced observations of life in our Lowcountry. Since the Charleston Renaissance, these pieces have presented themselves as singles and small collections found about America and, in recent years, are thankfully finding their way back to her native South Carolina. With the publication of the handsome volume at hand, now we will know the artist through her letters as well, words dropped as hints in our understanding of her, of the circle of artists in which she shown so brightly, and indeed of those very creations which first called us to her."—Robert M. Hicklin, Jr., member and manager, Charleston Renaissance Gallery
"Admirably researched and edited, this compilation of letters allows readers to join Taylor on her artistic journey. Beginning under the tutelage of William Merritt Chase in Holland, Taylor's sojourns to Europe, the Orient, South America, and Mexico are carefully recorded in letters addressed to close family members and fellow American artists. The rich commentary provides valuable insights into her artistic development, her circle of friends and influences, as well as her feelings towards the new and unfamiliar cultures she encounters."—Angela D. Mack, executive director and chief curator, Gibbes Museum of Art
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