Artist: Vallée, Jean François de la Date: ca. 1800
The association of the portrait with Fraser is traditional, but has been questioned. The profile, with its pronounced nose, sloping brow and full lips does resemble Fraser's Self-Portrait of 1823. The way in which the profile is cut at the neckline, the absence of clothing and the monochromatic gray coloring suggest that Vallee was attempting a cameo-like image. His usual unidealizing style and linear technique are apparent.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984