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Robert W. Tebbs, Photographer to Architects
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One of the finest architectural photographers in America, Robert W. Tebbs produced the first photographic survey of Louisiana’s plantations in 1926. From those images, now housed in the Louisiana State Museum, and not widely available until now, 119 plates showcasing fifty-two homes are featured here. Richard Anthony Lewis explores Tebbs’s life and career, situating his work along the line of plantation imagery from nineteenth-century woodcuts and paintings to later twentieth-century photographs by John Clarence Laughlin, among others. Providing the family lineage and construction history of each home, Lewis discusses photographic techniques Tebbs used in his alternating panoramic and detail views. A precise documentarian, Tebbs also reveals a poetic sensibility in the plantation photos. His frequent emphasis on aspects of decay, neglect, incompleteness, and loss lends a wistful aura to many of the images—an effect compounded by the fact that many of the homes no longer exist. This noticeable vacillation between objectivity and sentiment, Lewis shows, suggests unfamiliarity and even discomfort with the legacy of slavery. Poised on the brink of social and political reforms, Louisiana in the mid-1920s had made significant strides away from the slave-based agricultural economy that the plantation house often symbolized. Tebbs’s Louisiana plantation photographs capture a literal and cultural past, reflecting a burgeoning national awareness of historic preservation and presenting plantations to us anew. Select plantations included: Ashland/Belle Helene, Avery Island, Belle Chasse, Belmont, Butler-Greenwood, L’Hermitage, Oak Alley, Parlange, René Beauregard House, Rosedown, Seven Oaks, Shadows-on-the-Teche, The Shades, and Waverly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Representing Louisiana Plantations, 1926
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOUISIANA PLANTATION HOUSES
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. Elmwood Plantation
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Parlange Plantation
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Voisin Plantation
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Homeland Plantation
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Ormond Plantation
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. Labatut Plantation
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Whitney Plantation
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Evergreen Plantation
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. The Cottage Plantation
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Houmas House/Burnside Plantation
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Oakley Plantation
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Three Oaks Plantation
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Glendale Plantation
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. The Shades
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Old Hickory Plantation
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Butler-Greenwood Plantation
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Hickory Hill Plantation
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. L’Hermitage (Hermitage Plantation)
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Asphodel Plantation
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Pleasant View Plantation
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. Waverly Plantation
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Ellerslie Plantation
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Live Oak (or Live Oaks) Plantation
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Hurst-Stauffer House
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Greenwood Plantation
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Belle Chasse Plantation
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Magnolia Ridge Plantation
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Calumet Plantation
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Chrétien Point Plantation
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Shadows-on-the-Teche
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. René Beauregard House
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Wakefield Plantation
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. Rosedown Plantation
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Welham Plantation
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Seven Oaks Plantation
  2. pp. 97-98
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  1. Woodlawn Plantation
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Oak Alley Plantation
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Marston House
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Brame House
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Rienzi Plantation
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. Ashland/Belle Helene Plantation
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Madewood Plantation
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Ramsey Plantation
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. Bagatelle Plantation
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Uncle Sam Plantation
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. Belle Alliance Plantation
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. Mount Airy Plantation
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. Belmont Plantation
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. Angelina Plantation
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Goodwood Plantation
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Belle Grove Plantation
  2. pp. 129-130
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  1. Avery Island Plantation
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. APPENDIX: The Robert W. Tebbs Collection at the Louisiana State Museum
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 145-151
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