Cover

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pp. 1-7

CONTENT

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pp. vii-9

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FOREWORD

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pp. ix-xi

The first professional woman artist in America immigrated to Charles Towne colony from Ireland in 1708. Henrietta Johnston drew small portraits of her relatives and neighbors to augment the meager salary of her husband, who was an early rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Through these intimate, beautifully executed, now-rare pastels, we can gaze upon the likenesses she created and...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

There is a twelve-mile road on Johns Island in South Carolina that makes its way toward the ocean, and, under a full moon, it turns the color of an oyster shell. The road passes beneath the shadows of giant oak limbs as thick as barrels and past swayback produce stands and small wooden churches. Beyond the trees the ribbon of a creek lies in cut lengths behind the rectangular shapes of trailer...

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The Paintings

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pp. 7-132

The first time I met the women of the Hebron Saint Francis Center was just a few months after my husband and I had moved to the low country. I was planning to teach a class on figure painting, and I was looking for interesting models to paint. A friend told me that on Wednesdays I might find some local Gullah...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. 133-147

I am grateful to many people for their expertise in showcasing my work and for contributing to this book, including Katie Lindler, Marilynn McMillan, and Croft Lane of Coleman Fine Art, as well as Jane O’Boyle, Alphonso Brown, and the dedicated staff at the University of South Carolina Press....

INDEX OF PAINTINGS

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pp. 135-137