|Title||The Wreck of the Rose in Bloom|
60 x 42 inches
|Signature Location||bottom right|
|Inscription||[on capitol base] John Devaere Native of Ghent sculpsit 1809|
|Credit line||Gift of Victor Morawetz|
The artist, who was Flemish, worked in England and was employed to make designs for Wedgwood. The marble relief was commissioned as a memorial to General John McPherson who died in the shipwreck of the Rose in Bloom. He was accompanied by his daughter, Elizabeth (later Mrs. James R. Pringle), who, according to legend, had dreamt of the impending disaster on three previous nights. General McPherson, a member of the South Carolina militia during the Revolution, is shown drowning while his daughter is rescued by a sailor.
The relief was carved in London and was rejected by the Scots Presbyterian Church for which it had been intended because of the immodesty of the figures. Until the sculpture came to the Carolina Art Association collection it was believed to have been done by Antonio Canova.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "Selections from the Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1977