|Title||The Library of Colonel Richard Lathers, Winyah Park, New Rochelle|
|Artist||Story, George Henry|
39 1/2 x 48 5/8 inches
|Signature||Geo. H. Story|
|Signature Location||bottom left|
|Credit line||Gift of Miss Julia Lathers|
A successful businessman, Richard Lathers moved from Georgetown, South Carolina to New York in the mid-1840s where he became a successful banker. Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, he invited to his New York office a group 300 men to discuss measures for the reconciliation of the North and the South. Subsequently, he toured the South giving addresses for peace. During the war he returned north where he supported the Union cause. At the end of hostilities he was host in his Charleston home to officers of both sides with the hope of reconciling differences.
Story, a portrait and genre painter, was curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 1889 to 1906. The painting includes a portrait of Story in the act of painting another portrait of Lather. The artist chose to place his signature on a letter that appears on the carpet in the lower left corner of the painting.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "Selections from the Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1977