Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825) in his 6th year. Charles and Eliza Lucas Pinckney took their 3 children with them to London when Charles Pinckney was appointed a special agent in 1753. Intending to stay in England until the boys completed their education, the Pinckneys enrolled Charles Cotesworth and his brother Thomas (see Thomas Pinckney) in a small primary school, and returned to South Carolina in the spring of 1758 on what was to have been a brief trip. Charles Pinckney Sr., fell ill with malaria and died, and Eliza, stricken with grief, remained in South Carolina, supervising the education of her sons from afar through correspondence and her business agents. Charles Cotesworth did not see his mother or sister again until he had read law at the Middle Temple, studied at Oxford, and returned home to South Carolina as a young man of 23 in 1769. Painted by an unknown English pastellist, about 1753. (For more on Pinckney's career after 1769, see Charles Cotesworth Pinckney)
Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association.