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Title James Reid Pringle
Artist Fraser, Charles
Date 1820
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Signature C Fraser
Signature Location bottom left
Inscription painted by C. Fraser 1820
Inscription Location verso
Credit line Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Victor Morawetz Fund
Accession Number 1936.007.0010
Collection Miniature
Sitter's dates (1782-1840)
Description A comparison with Fraser's 1803 portrait of Pringle reveals the increased maturity of both sitter and artist. Because of Pringle's position as Collector of the Port, Fraser has included a glimpse of Castle Pinckney in Charleston's harbor to the right of the sitter. This unusual use of landscape view seems to be Fraser's first attempt in a portrait. Stylistically, the miniature is more crisp than the earlier version, both in terms of characterization and handling of the paint. Bounetheau later did a copy of this miniature as well as Fraser's ca. 1840 miniature of Pringle.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Pringle
Forts & fortifications