22 June 2009

Heart Of A Southern Girl


This print, by Henry Kidd, adorns my parlor. My wife and 4 daughters - all Southern ladies - love it.

They believe it catches much of the essence of the idyllic 19th century Southern lady who was loyal to the Confederacy: patriotic, a keeper at home, and dedicated to the cause for which her sons, husband, and father fought.

7 comments:

Mike said...

A pretty picture of the Ole South.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, I think so - despite the silly (and predictable) opinion of others. I think the opinion of my wife and 4 daughters, all Southern females with Confederate ancestors, carries much more weight than any academic who has no familial connection to the South.

ConfederateColonel said...

We have the same print in our home also. It took a while to track it down after seeing it used somewhere on the web. It is the first thing a visitor sees when they come through the front door.
Here's a photo of our print:
http://www.confederatecolonel.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=4&pictureid=15

Stephen Clay McGehee
"Confederate Colonel"

Anonymous said...

I don't know Richard, maybe that picture should be confined to a museum for proper interpretation :)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon:

Oh yes, all of the great unwashed, the uneducated, the ignorant . . . we all need the genius of the "objective", unbiased, academics (especially those who signed the petition to deny honoring the Confederate dead) to "explain" the meaning of this painting. I'm quite sure they would not let their prejudices impact THEIR interpretation.

RGW

Vince said...

(Richard, I wasn't quite sure if your post was an invitation to critically analyze the painting. If not, feel free not to post this comment.)

I hate to be an iconoclast, but I think we should really expect more from Mr. Kidd. The lady's hair--an atrocious relic of the late 1980s / early 1990s--and confused fashions in her dress betray a laziness toward the subject matter (Does the artist really care about women from the Civil War South?). If he can't spend a couple minutes to get the simple outer details right, can we really expect him to get the more complicated inner details right?

To me, a big step in trying to understand our ancestors is trying to figure out what they looked like...not just assuming they look like us.

(I'm not picking on this as Southern art. There are some pretty bad modern artistic depictions of Civil War women in the North, too.)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Vince:

While I'm certainly no expert on women's hairstyles in the 1860's, Kidd's depiction of this woman does not appear to me to be all that different from the style picture here of Agnes Lee (far left):

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/3_daughters%5B1%5D.gif