Cogdell was a close friend of Fraser and, like him, was both lawyer and artist. Admitted to the Bar in 1799, he also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1810 - 1818) and became comptroller General of the State in 1819. In 1832 he was elected President of the Bank of South Carolina. As an artist he was a painter -- of religious subjects, such as the Crucifixion in St. Mary's Catholic Church, as well as of portraits -- and as a sculptor he carved busts and memorials, such as the one to his mother in St. Philip's Church.
In CogdeIl's portrait, which is traditionally dated 1841, Fraser has presented a convincing likeness of a man he would have known well. The frontal pose, which sets up direct contact between sitter and spectator, helps to reveal CogdeIl's character as an intelligent, yet sympathetic individual.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984