Catfish Row; Cabbage Row
The subject of these two works is Cabbage Row, a term used by local residents to refer a small cluster of historic residential buildings on Church Street, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The houses and residents of Cabbage Row became subjects in the famous 1925 novel, Porgy, by American author, Dubose Heyward. In Heyward’s story, the name was changed to Catfish Row, which explains Hutty’s title for the 1935 oil painting. The novel Porgy was later adapted into the popular opera, Porgy and Bess, by Broadway musical composers, George and Ira Gershwin. Alfred Hutty created hundreds of etchings, watercolors, and oil paintings of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry during the early 20th century. His artworks offer indispensible insight into the personal life of an historic Southern city.
Hutty, Albert Heber
Wright Collection of Southern Art
Still Image Item Type Metadata
oil on panel; drypoint etching on paper
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