A Planter's Mansion
This image depicts a plantation estate house depicting enslaved workers in a field in the foreground. Richards described how "the inhabitants [of a rice plantation] make a large community of themselves alone. The mansion of the planter with its numerous out-houses, the residence of the overseer, and the long streets of negro cabins, give to a single settlement the aspect of a large and busy village or town. . . [slave cabins] are usually placed, at suitable intervals, in rows, or double rows, with a wide street between" (Richards, pp. 730, 732). Thomas Addison Richards (1820–1900) was a British landscape artist, who migrated with his family to the United States in 1831. The family first settled in New York, then South Carolina and finally Georgia by 1837. Richards made a career of sketching Georgia’s scenery. Harper's Magazine (also called Harper's) is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance and the arts.
T. Addison Richards, "The Rice Lands of the South", in Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1859), vol. 19, p. 732. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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