Art on Sunday #4
Middleton Place Plantation, Dorchester County, South Carolina,
15 miles from Charleston, June 11, 2012
In 2012, for our 40th anniversary, we took a road trip the Charleston, South Carolina. One of the places we explored in the area was the grounds of Middleton Place, a colonial and antebellum plantation not far from the city. The plantation, now a National Historic Landmark District, is home to the oldest landscaped garden in the United States.
The Gardens, which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. The principles of André Le Nôtre, the master of classical garden design who laid out the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles were followed. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design. (Middleton Place website)
The marble statue was one of four, one at each “corner” of a surprise square lawn, hidden in the midst of The Gardens.