John Stock Bee

Artist: Bounetheau, Henry
Date: 1867

Bee was a first lieutenant in the South Carolina Artillery during the Civil War and died from wounds sustained during the defense of Morris Island. This miniature was done posthumously, with portions perhaps copied from a daguerreotype. The rigidly frontal position and incessantly regular stippling give the portrayal an unlifelike quality, and the clouds behind him might suggest another world. In addition, his limp left arm and his right hand against his chest may be allusions to his wounds.


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: 1797 - 1877 born and died in Charleston, SC
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 5 3/8 In X 4 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1841-1863
  • Signature: H. B. Bounetheau Pinxit 1867
  • Signature Location: under mat:
  • Credit: Gift of Valeria Chisolm and Edward Chisolm, Mrs. John J. Prioleau and Mrs. Faust Nicholson
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1955.004.0002
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