18 X 24"
Oil on Canvas
Dr. Manning Simons was born into antebellum Charleston in 1846, attended the Colege of Charleston and eventually the Medical College of South Carolina to become a prominent physician and noted healer here after the war. He served as a courier during the war as a Confederate. He was a proud but productive man who gave much to the lowcountry as a member of many organizations, most of which enhanced the educational standards and delivery of healthcare here during the scorched earth conditions enabled by the "Reconstruction" period here enforced by a conquering opponent. He was a professor at the Medical College teaching in many basic science areas and was a practicing gynecologist in clinical practice. The Waring Library at MUSC has a compendium of papers and notes on file of his as well as a portrait and more than one bust of this proud professional. My mother understood him to be a "proud but Arrogant" man so I painted him in a pose to better profile his character.