|Artist||Malbone, Edward Greene|
|Dimensions||2 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Victor Morawetz Fund|
|Sitter's dates||(ca. 1795-1829)|
James was the only son of General John McPherson and appears to be about five years old in the portrait. The ivory of young James was at one time framed on the reverse side of the General's portrait. Whether this was the original conception is not known. James resembles his father, especially in the shape of the lips and eyebrows, the proportions of the head and the intensity of the eyes. The boy's bright red outfit, however, contrasts with the more somber tones of the general's portrait. James' portrait was probably painted at the same time, 1801.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984