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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1820 Charles Fraser Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1782 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1860 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 15/16 x 2 5/16 in. (7.5 x 5.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.15 Not currently on view

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It is unclear who the young gentleman in this portrait is, but his formal dress and fashionably disheveled hair suggest that he was a member of Charleston’s moneyed class.


Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor