The sitter's identity is a traditional one, and may be fictional as no Miss Reynolds can be associated with Fenwick Hall, a plantation on John's Island near Charleston. The designation may result from the fact that the donor resided at Fenwick Hall and owned the miniature for at least twenty years. Fraser has portrayed a stylishly dressed young woman about 1835. Rapidly sloping shoulders were very fashionable at that time and Fraser has accented them by the use of the oval. Likewise, her topknot is emphasized by the vertical format.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984