A Lady

Attributed to Charles Fraser (American, 1782-1860)ca. 1815

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Bust-length portrait of a dark-haired young lady in décolleté white muslin dress or wrap and blue scarf. The sitter has a long string of pearls around her neck, from which is suspended a miniature of a man in a three-corner hat. She holds this miniature in her left hand.

This miniature has been attributed to Charles Fraser, a painter of miniatures, portraits in oils and landscapes. He spent most of his life in his native city of Charleston depicting its leading citizens. There is another almost identical miniature in the Gibbes Museum, Charleston (accession number XX1902).

The frame post-dates this miniature.

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  • Title: A Lady
  • Creator: Attributed to Charles Fraser (American, 1782-1860)
  • Date Created: ca. 1815
  • Subject Keywords: female portraits
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Attributed to Charles Fraser (American, 1782-1860)
  • Provenance: Herbert Lawton collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings)
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Inscriptions: [Inscription] Handwritten on back: No 153 by Charles Frazer
  • Exhibitions: Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 3 1/4 x W: 2 5/8 in. (8.26 x 6.67 cm); Framed H: 7 x W: 6 1/2 in. (17.78 x 16.51 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.468


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