Garden Statue

Art on Sunday #4

garden statue, Middleton Place plantation, Dorchester County, South Carolina, 15 miles from Charleston, June 11, 2012

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.

garden statue, Middleton Place plantation, Dorchester County, South Carolina, 15 miles from Charleston, June 11, 2012

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.

garden statues, Middleton Place plantation, Dorchester County, South Carolina, 15 miles from Charleston, June 11, 2012

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  • Hilary Nov 23, 2015

    Hi Mike – fascinating find … 4 statues … they look amazing but dwarfed by the grass square … I’ll have to return to check out the website .. cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Nov 27, 2015

      If my memory is correct, the statues are less than life sized — perhaps 3/4 size. Middleton Place is fascinating, but it was probably a once in a life time visit as it is so far away and in an area so very different from our normal interests.
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