"S" is for Smith, Alice Ravenel Huger (1876-1958)

May 28, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"S" is for Smith, Alice Ravenel Huger (1876-1958). Artist. Although largely self-taught, Smith emerged as the leading artist of the Charleston Renaissance. Through her writings and art she helped to disseminate the history and charm of her native lowcountry to a national audience. In 1917 she began the study of Japanese color wood-block prints. Synthesizing the methods of the Japanese with lowcountry imagery, Smith invented a visual language that would remain with her for the rest of her life.  By the late 1920s she had abandoned prints and concentrated on watercolor. She was also active in the field of publishing. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith provided illustrations for The Dwelling Houses of Charleston, South Carolina—a work that was critical to the evolution of the city’s preservation movement and brought national attention to the port city.