Edward Greene Malbone was widely admired by both American and British artists. He traveled extensively, working alongside Washington Allston in Boston, and influencing the style of fellow miniaturist Charles Fraser in Charleston. In England, Malbone honed his craft with Lawrence and Thomas Sully. He returned to Charleston in December of 1801 and began his most prolific period of work, completing three miniatures a week for the next five months. He died at the age of twenty-nine, his career having lasted only twelve years due to the debilitating effects of tuberculosis.