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Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg opens Painters and Paintings in the Early American South

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg present “Painters and Paintings in the Early American South” is the first exhibition of its kind that explores the scope of this region of early American art while bringing new vitality, excitement and scholarship to the forefront.

John Rose
The Old Plantation John Rose, probably 1785-1790, watercolor and ink on paper
(Colonial Williamsburg, Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller)

The exhibition of more than 80 works created in or for the South between 1735 and 1800 features 40 objects on loan from many other well-known and respected museums and a number of generous private collectors.

Participating institutions include:
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pa.,The Charleston Museum,Charleston,S.C.,The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas,Tex.,The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston,S.C.,The Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum,Winterthur,Del.,The Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans,La.,The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts,Winston-Salem,N.C.,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.,The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg,Va.,The New-York Historical Society, New York,N.Y.,The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,Washington,D.C.,The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond,Va.,The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond,Va.,The Washington and Lee University, Lexington,Va., and The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Md.

A second and similar exhibition featuring works dating prior to 1735 is planned for a 2015 opening in Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily, and hours vary seasonally. For museum program information, go online to or telephone (757) 220-7724.