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Title Judge Robert Budd Gilchrist
Artist Fraser, Charles
Date 1841
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches
Signature C.F. 1841
Signature Location bottom left
Inscription NA
Credit line Bequest of Emma Gilchrist
Accession Number 1929.001.0002
Collection Miniature
Sitter's dates (1796-1856)
Description A graduate of South Carolina College, Gilchrist studied law in the office of Keating Simons, and later practiced as a partner of John S. Cogdell, his brother-in-law. Between 1831 and 1839 he served as district attorney for South Carolina and then became a judge for seventeen years in the district court of South Carolina. Appropriate to Gilchrist's position as a judge, Fraser has depicted him with books. The column—which Fraser had used in his Self-Portrait of 1823—recurs most frequently in portraits of distinguished lawyers and may be Fraser's way of paying respect to his former profession. Like other portraits of the 1840s, there is a sense of remoteness, derived in part from the fact that the sitter is placed back, away from the frontal picture plane. The account book records for 1841 "Judge Gilchrist . . . $45."

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Gilchrist
Image 001\1929.01.02.JPG