Artist Wray Davis Williamson once again captured the essence of Savannah in her artwork created for the 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens. The poster measures 18″ x 24″ and is suitable for framing as a poster or crop in with matting for a beautiful keepsake image of Savannah. This poster is the twenty-fifth done by Wray Williamson.
About the poster by Wray Williamson:
Featured prominently in my painting for the 2017 poster is the winged lion fountain in front of Savannah’s Cotton Exchange. The winged lion is the symbol of Saint Mark. In the late 1800s, when the Cotton Exchange was built, Savannah was a very important seaport, as it is today. Then, of course, it was mostly because of cotton. It was sometimes referred to as “the Venice of the South.” Venice had been an important port for centuries. St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice. His remains, reputedly, are in the cathedral there that bears his name, as does the main square. (There are many theories about the remains and parts of them!) I believe, though I can’t prove it, that the Venetian connection is the reason for the winged lion.