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Charleston 1852

Courtesy of the South Carolina Historical Society

In Charleston 1852, we again see the city from White Point. But now the perspective is significantly elevated, giving us our first glimpse of the panorama of the city's accelerating growth inland. The harbor and ships are secondary to the buildings; no longer the allegorical focus of progress, but now mere objects of scenic diversion for the couples shown strolling along the Battery seawall. Public parks and open spaces are much in evidence. Church steeples are still arrayed across the background, but the central focus is upon the largest of the Battery mansions. This is very much a view of a city settled in wealth and status.