Downtown Buildings -- Old City Market
Architecture -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Historic buildings -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Pictorial works.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
The image is from a scan of a slide from Myrtle Jones Collection, MS 002. The slide was used in the publication of her book, A Savannah Experience: an artistic expression of my life in Savannah, published in 1995. The slide depicts the Old City Market, painted in 1955, Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. The artist mentions that she while she liked to paint the market's north side, this view is of the south side viewed from above in a building at the corner of Congress and Barnard Streets.
The City Market building depicted here was built in 1872 and replaced an earlier market building built in 1821. It was a two story structure designed by Augustus Schwab and Martin P. Muller.
The artist, Myrtle Jones, was born in Winder, Georgia in 1913 to Reverend Vianous Vespiew and Mary Glover Braddy. She had two sisters, Mildred Braddy Rogers and Moriene Braddy Wells. Jones was married two times: for 17 years to Southwood "Smut" Jones. That marriage ended in a divorce, which was followed shortly after by his suicide. Her second marriage was to Leonard "Bill" King. They were married for 15 years before he died of cancer in 1983. Myrtle Jones had no children. Jones began her artistic career by attending classes at the Telfair Museum of Art and at Armstrong Junior College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University). She considered herself to be largely self-taught. She was a student of Emil Holzhauer and Rubin Gambrell. Local artist Hattie Saussy served as Jones' mentor and friend. She is best known for her paintings of portraits and cityscapes. Jones died in Savannah on February 15, 2005 of natural causes at the age of 92.
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20 x 24 inches
Oil on canvas
The Myrtle Jones Papers, MS 002, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design
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