Branford-Horry House

Graphite on paper
Support size: 16 7/8 x 21 7/8 inches; Image size: 14 3/8 x 19 1/8 inches
Circa 1917
As published in: The Charleston Renaissance

Alice Smith was a major figure of the Charleston Renaissance. Through her art and her books, she fueled the cultural and economic revival of her birthplace along with other artists, writers, and preservationists.  As a noted illustrator, she contributed visuals to two volumes her father, the historian D. E. H. Smith, authored on Charleston history and architecture. The Dwelling Houses of Charleston (1917) was considered a seminal publication on architectural history of the city. Her drawings of historic homes and neighborhoods inspired Charlestonians to institute a preservation ordinance.