Harriet Lowndes [Aiken]

Harriet Lowndes (1812-1892) of Charleston, SC, was one of the most aristocratic women in the antebellum South.

File:Harriet Lowndes Aiken.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Full-length portrait (1857) in Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston

The Charleston Museum houses all of her extant music. True binder’s volumes are SMB 47-50. The remaining are quasi-complete operas in piano-vocal arrangements that she collected on her honeymoon to Europe in 1831. Most were purchased in Brussels.

More details on this collection can be found in Bailey, Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord (2019).

  • SMB 47 [links for these]
  • SMB 48
  • SMB 49
  • SMB 50
  • SMB 190
  • SMB 220
  • SMB 221
  • SMB 222
  • SMB 223
  • SMB 224
  • SMB 225
  • SMB 226
  • SMB 227
Aiken-Rhett House Museum — Route to (re)settlement
Interior of Aiken-Rhett House

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