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Charleston 1735

Courtesy of the Charleston Museum

Charleston 1735, is the first of many illustrations showing the Cooper River side of the city. The view's attraction to period artists seems clear. This was the side of Charleston where ships docked at the many wharves along East Bay. Along with the picturesque elements of water and sails, the Cooper River perspective captures the essence of Charleston's growing prosperity during this period: maritime trade.

Charleston in this illustration seems a quiet, settled colonial seaport, but with enough substance to support its growing cultural aspirations: the newly formed Dock Street Theatre, the recent publication of The South Carolina Gazette, and the Library Society. The harbor waters are placid and calm, reflecting a quiet confidence in the future.