The daughter of Colonel and Mrs. William Thomson, Charlotte married Haskell in 1791. By the late 1830s it was unusual for Fraser to be painting small miniatures in lockets, a fashion outmoded by then. But in this instance the format was selected to correspond with Robertson's portrait of her husband which Fraser had copied in 1826. By 1838, Mrs. Haskell was in her late sixties, which contrasts with the more youthful portrait of her husband. Yet in technique, positioning and color, Fraser has carefully worked out a sympathetic pair. Mrs. HaskeIls portrait is recorded in the account book for $40 in 1838.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984