Charles Fraser (1782-1860), born in Charleston, began his education at a classical school and continued at the College of Charleston. At an early age, he showed artistic qualities which were intensified by his association with other Charleston artists such as Washington Allston (see Washington Allston). After working for 11 years as a lawyer, Fraser abandoned law for art. He is best known for his many miniature paintings. Most prominent Carolinians of his day sat for him. Fraser was chosen by the city of Charleston to paint a miniature of the Marquis de Lafayette during his visit there in 1825. Self-portrait, 1823.
Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association.