William Cattell Bee

Artist: Fraser, Charles
Date: 1848

Bee's second wife was Ann Jane North. Typical of Fraser's late work, Bee's portrait has somber coloring, harsh stippling and a rigid pose. The fact that the stippling around the body and the head, in particular, is accentuated contributes to a disconcerting halo effect. Traditionally dated to ca. 1845, a portrait of "Mr. Bee . . . $50" is listed in the account book for 1842.


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 3/4 X 3 1/4 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1809-1881
  • Signature: painted by C Fraser/ Decr 1848. Charleston
  • Signature Location: verso
  • Credit: Gift of Valeria Chisolm and Edward Chisolm, Mrs. John J. Prioleau and Mrs. Faust Nicholson
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1955.004.0001

  • Charles Fraser's Book of Records

    This miniature is listed in the Charles Fraser's Book of Records.
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