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Tavern in Porgy

Paper mounted on board
Support size: 16 x 12 1/8 inches

As exhibited in: Beyond the Illustration, TJC Gallery, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2024

Despite having been formally trained, Verner did not initially aspire to a career in art. After the death of her husband, however, she found new financial stability as a professional illustrator, eventually building a legacy as a matriarch of the Charleston Renaissance. One important commission she secured was a special illustrated Charleston edition of the novel Porgy, which would go on to enjoy great fame as the opera Porgy and Bess. Tavern in Porgy is a pastel drawing used as a preparation for an etching Verner produced for the volume.                                                                                                                                     

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