This miniature of Washington Allston, born near Georgetown, SC and one of America's greatest Romantic painters of the 19th century, tells a story of friendship between three artists. This work is a copy by Charles Fraser of a miniature by Edward Greene Malbone, an American miniaturist from Rhode Island. Allston met Malbone while studying art in New England and convinced him to visit Charleston. Here they met Charles Fraser, at the time a lawyer with a passion for art. Fraser later became the premier miniature painter in Charleston, influenced by Malbone's style.