Brookgreen Gardens

East of where the Waccamaw River meets the Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful sculpture park called Brookgreen Gardens, where you can find many sculptures of children, both boys and girls. Many of these are nudes. The garden was founded in 1932 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, with the intention of creating a space for the latter’s work. Over time it began to accumulate the work of other sculptors. Most of the pieces are Neoclassical in nature, reflecting Hyatt Huntington’s love of classical sculpture, architecture and mythology. I am planning to visit the place some day when I have the funds and the time, and if I do I will do an update here with my own photographs. Until then, you’ll have to settle for those I was able to collect from the Internet. Considering there are about 1400 individual works on the grounds, I am sure I’m overlooking a few that would fit here, but the ones I found are quite lovely.

 

Adolph A. Weinman - Water Urchin (1927) (1)

Adolph A. Weinman – Water Urchin (1927) (1)

Adolph A. Weinman - Water Urchin (1927) (2)

Adolph A. Weinman – Water Urchin (1927) (2)

Wikipedia: Adolf Alexander Weinman

Beatrice Fenton - Seaweed Fountain (1920) (1)

Beatrice Fenton – Seaweed Fountain (1920) (1)

Beatrice Fenton - Seaweed Fountain (1920) (2)

Beatrice Fenton – Seaweed Fountain (1920) (2)

Beatrice Fenton - Seaweed Fountain (1920) (3)

Beatrice Fenton – Seaweed Fountain (1920) (3)

Anna Hyatt Huntington - The Young Diana (1924) (1)

Anna Hyatt Huntington – The Young Diana (1924) (1)

Anna Hyatt Huntington - The Young Diana (1924) (2)

Anna Hyatt Huntington – The Young Diana (1924) (2)

Anna Hyatt Huntington - The Young Diana (1924) (3)

Anna Hyatt Huntington – The Young Diana (1924) (3)

Wikipedia: Anna Hyatt Huntington

Edith Barretto Parsons - Frog Baby (1917) (1)

Edith Barretto Parsons – Frog Baby (1917) (1)

Edith Barretto Parsons - Frog Baby (1917) (2)

Edith Barretto Parsons – Frog Baby (1917) (2)

Wikipedia: Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons

Elsie Ward Hering - Wood Nymph (1932) (1)

Elsie Ward Hering – Wood Nymph (1932) (1)

Elsie Ward Hering - Wood Nymph (1932) (2)

Elsie Ward Hering – Wood Nymph (1932) (2)

Wikipedia: Elsie Ward

Ernest Bruce Haswell - Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (1)

Ernest Bruce Haswell – Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (1)

Ernest Bruce Haswell - Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (2)

Ernest Bruce Haswell – Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (2)

Ernest Bruce Haswell - Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (3)

Ernest Bruce Haswell – Little Lady of the Sea (1929) (3)

Ernest Wise Keyser - Meditation (1932) (1)

Ernest Wise Keyser – Meditation (1932) (1)

Ernest Wise Keyser - Meditation (1932) (2)

Ernest Wise Keyser – Meditation (1932) (2)

Ernest Wise Keyser - Meditation (1932) (3)

Ernest Wise Keyser – Meditation (1932) (3)

Ernest Wise Keyser - Meditation (1932) (4)

Ernest Wise Keyser – Meditation (1932) (4)

Wikipedia: Ernest Keyser

Brookgreen Gardens (Official Site)

And, credit where credit is due. Although I cropped or otherwise Photoshopped out his website url stamp because I felt it marred the images, most of these beautiful photos were taken by Lee Sandstead, who has documented a lot of artwork with his camera. If you’re an art buff (and obviously you are or you wouldn’t be here), you really need to take a look at his website. Lots of great pieces there gorgeously captured.

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  1. I read somewhere that the model for The Young Diana (1924) by Anna Hyatt Huntington was Jock Sturges’ mother when she was a girl. I’d looked up the sculpture before and checked it against this title to be sure. It hints that family nudity was not an issue with the Sturges clan.

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