Alfred R. Waud was a 19th-century artist who traveled across the United States and drew the things he saw, including the war-torn America of the late 1800s. Back then, he worked as a correspondent, using pencils and paper instead of a camera, to illustrate stories for magazines such as Harper’s and New York Illustrated News, among others.
In 1861, that work brought him to Charleston, where he drew a perspective of Meeting Street looking north toward St. Michael’s Church.
Waud captured the details of St. Michael’s signature steeple, and those details are still clearly seen in 2017. Check out the slider below to see how the street that Waud drew compares to that of today. You also can read more about Waud's work and life at Encyclopedia Britannica.
We couldn’t quite find the exact angle that Waud saw when he put his artistic skills to good use two centuries ago, but the surviving artwork that we found at the Library of Congress shows us that, aside from a lot of trees, not a lot has changed architecturally near that spot on Meeting Street in the past 150 years.
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