American Home by the River
Kelly loved imagining the life of the beautiful old plantation homes he painted, capturing the history recorded in this passage from Mark Twain's "Castles and Plantations", based on a trip down the Mississippi: From Baton Rouge to New Orleans, the great sugar-plantations border both sides of the river all the way, and stretch their league-wide levels back to the dim forest walls of bearded cypress in the rear. Shores lonely no longer. Plenty of dwellings all the way, on both banks standing so close together, for long distances, that the broad river lying between the two rows becomes a sort of spacious street. A most homelike and happy region.