|Title||James Reid Pringle|
|Dimensions||4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches|
|Signature Location||bottom left|
|Inscription||painted by C. Fraser 1820|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Victor Morawetz Fund|
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
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