An Agreeable Prospect: Rediscovering Drayton Hall in the 18th-century Atlantic World


A One-Day Symposium With The Decorative Arts Trust & Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

September 15, 2018

Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

Join us on Saturday, September 15, at Drayton Hall for an exciting day of new research about the cosmopolitan world of 18th-century South Carolina. This special one-day program will explore the landscape, architecture, and decorative arts of the site, focusing on recent findings in each area through lectures and in-depth tours.



  • Registration with Coffee


  • Introductory Remarks
    Carter C. Hudgins
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
    Matthew A. Thurlow
    Executive Director, The Decorative Arts Trust


  • Proud to Catch Cold at a Venetian Door”: Reassessing John Drayton’s Place Among the Palladians
    Patricia Low Smith
    Curator of Architectural Resources, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust


  • Coffee Break


  • Mark Catesby’s Plant Introductions and “The Flowering of the Landscape Garden”
    Mark Laird
    Associate Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto


  • Enlightened Readers: Building an Atlantic Library on the Ashley River, 1738-1821
    Gabriella Angeloni, Curator and House Manager for the Miles Brewton House, PhD Candidate, History, University of South Carolina-Columbia


  • Lunch


  • In-depth tours of the house, galleries, and landscape, led by:
    • Eric Becker
      Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and New Facilities, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
    • Ed Chappell
      Shirley and Richard Roberts Director of Architectural and Archaeological Research, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    • Sarah Stroud Clarke
      Archaeologist and Curator of Collections, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
    • Chris Swan
      Senior Conservator of Wooden Artifacts, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation


  • Closing Reception

Fundraiser for the Emerging Scholars Program at the Charles Elliott House

Friday, September 14


A visit to this recently preserved and privately owned house is a rare treat. Built by Charles Elliott about 1770, the resident is among the largest ‘single’ houses dating to the colonial period. It also features one of the earliest documented piazzas—much rebuilt but known from early drawings. In 1911, the façade was embellished with brownstone trim, and the wings were expanded. The highlight of the house is the original interior woodwork and paneling. The main parlor features elaborate rococo carvings, the missing elements recreated based on ghosting left on the original paneling. The meticulous restoration represents the work of interns and young scholars for research, a master carver, custom Delft tiles, and specialty painters.

Please join us for a memorable evening of connoisseurship and conviviality as we toast our hostess’ hospitality and support the next generation of curators and academics through Drayton Hall’s Wood Family Fellowship Fund and the Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program.


A limited number of scholarships covering the cost of registration are available for current graduate students and young professionals in fields related to the decorative arts, architecture, historic preservation, and landscape design. For consideration, applicants can fill out our on-line application form or download a PDF copy and send to no later than Friday, August 3, 2018.


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