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Augusta Denk Oelschig
Old City Market
c. Early 1950s
oil on panel
Framed: 36 × 48 inches (91.4 × 121.9 cm)
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Museum purchase with funds provided by the Telfair Academy Guild.
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Old City Market, by Savannah native Augusta Oelschig, depicts the City Market building that stood in Savannah’s Ellis Square from 1872 until its demolition in 1953. Although a number of concerned citizens fought to preserve this beloved structure, they were unable to prevent its destruction. Their dismay over the loss of this landmark spurred the creation of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which still works today to preserve threatened historic structures. Oelschig depicts the market teeming with activity: shoppers of all ages and walks of life come and go, pedestrians and animals make their way through the crowd, and busy vendors ready their produce for sale.