Preview Party for The Charleston Show
Celebrate the opening night of The Charleston Show, formerly known as the Spring Antiques Show, at Festival Hall in downtown Charleston, SC. Enjoy a remarkable evening benefiting Drayton Hall Preservation Trust with a dazzling cocktail party and a special exhibit titled Flights of Fancy: An Exploration of Uncommon Birds.
About the exhibit: In 1733, John Drayton (1715–1779), received a portfolio containing 48 watercolor paintings by artist George Edwards (1694–1773), the father of British ornithology. These watercolors were completed ten years before the publication of the first volume of Edwards’ A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743), and are the oldest of their type to survive in North America. Drayton was 18 years old and this exchange is the best evidence for him experiencing a grand tour of Europe as Edwards never visited North America. Long forgotten, the watercolors were discovered in the attic of 25 East Bay Street upon the death of Charlotta Drayton in 1969. Over time, portions of the portfolio were sold. In 2009, Drayton Hall was able to purchase 21 of the 48 paintings, now recognized as the Lenhardt Collection of George Edwards Watercolors at Drayton Hall. Flights of Fancy: An Exploration of Uncommon Birds highlights some of the most important species and reunites additional original portfolio paintings from museums and private collectors for the first time in 55 years.
Institution or Organization name - Drayton Hall