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Title General John McPherson
Artist Malbone, Edward Greene
Date ca. 1801
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 2 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches
Signature NA
Inscription NA
Credit line Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Victor Morawetz Fund
Accession Number 1936.007.0008
Collection Miniature
Sitter's dates (1756-1806)
Description McPherson served as lieutenant colonel of the 20th Regiment before being promoted to Brigadier General of the 5th Brigade. He lost his life during the shipwreck of the "Rose in Bloom." A marble memorial carved by the Flemish artist John Devaere commemorating the tragedy was rejected by the Scots Presbyterian Church for which it had been intended because of the immodesty of the figures, one of whom was Elizabeth McPherson. The monument is now installed at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

McPherson, wearing his uniform, is shown as a solid individual. Usually dated to 1801, the miniature may have been painted before Malbone's trip to London, after which time the portraits are lighter and more idealized.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects McPherson
Clothing & dress
Military uniforms