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Title Nathaniel Russell
Artist Fraser, Charles
Date 1818
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 3 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches
Inscription NA
Credit line Gift of Alicia Hopton Middleton
Accession Number 1937.005.0001
Collection Miniature
Sitter's dates 1738-1820
Description Today Russell is remembered for the fine Adam-style house he constructed on Meeting Street 1809-1811. A native of Rhode Island, Russell came to Charleston as a young man and became a successful merchant. One of the founders and key moving spirits of the St. Andrew's Society, he served as its first president.

The first entry listed in Fraser's account book, this miniature heralded Fraser's professionalism. A penetrating likeness of the eighty-year old Russell, it attests to Fraser's skill at character analysis. Frederick A. Porcher, a contemporary, recognized that "if his subject was an old man or woman his likenesses were very felicitous."

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Russell
Image 001\1937.05.01.JPG