Mrs. William Mayrant (Ann Richardson)

Artist: Fraser, Charles
Date: ca. 1840

Among Mrs. Mayrant's thirteen children was Samuel Mayrant, whom Fraser painted in the 1830s. She lived in Sumter, SC, with her husband who was a prominent planter. The format of Mrs. Mayrant's portrait is reminiscent of a type used by Samuel F. B. Morse for older women. The white bonnet and shawl serve to set off the face, while the red chair adds a comfortable feeling of warmth. The miniature is traditionally dated to 1842, which is probably erroneous. A more correct date would be 1840.


This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984

  • Artist's Dates: 1782 - 1860
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 3 5/8 X 2 7/8 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1771-1840
  • Credit: Gift of Mrs. George H. Whipple
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1967.031.0001
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