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Jacobia Hotel

1930 William H. Johnson Born: Florence, South Carolina 1901 Died: Central Islip, New York 1970 oil on canvas 19 7/8 x 23 3/4 in. (50.5 x 60.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.59.741 Not currently on view


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This painting shows an old hotel in Florence, South Carolina, that was once a fashionable destination for visitors coming through by train. In the 1930s the Jacobia had fallen into disrepair and was used as a brothel. William H. Johnson painted this scene in the expressionist style that he had adopted while in Europe, exaggerating the crooked walls and sloping floors so that the structure appears ready to collapse.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - commercial - hotel

Architecture Exterior - commercial - Jacobia Hotel

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas