|Title||Dr. Robert Pringle, Jr.|
|Dimensions||1 1/4 x 1 inches|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Victor Morawetz Fund|
Pringle studied medicine in Edinburgh and practiced as a physician in Charleston 1778 - 1783. He was active in the importing business for a few years, and then planted cotton and rice in Colleton County. In 1792 he was commissioned a surgeon of the Colleton County Regiment. He was the father of James Reid Pringle.
Probably painted in the mid-1770s the ivory is still mounted to a paper on which the artist seems to have sketched. The sitter, as in so many of Benbridge's portraits, is placed very close to the upper edge of the ivory and totally dominates the small oval.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984