The coast of South Carolina has fascinated artists and visitors from the beginning. Xanthus Smith (1839-1928) served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, and participated in the blockade of Charleston. His painting of "The Coast of South Carolina" dates from that period. The serene seascape reflects none of the war's turmoil.
Courtesy of the Collection of the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina. Xanthus Smith, American, 1839-1929. "Coast of South Carolina," c.1865-1870, oil on canvas. Museum purchase, CMA 1972.8