William Andrew Johnstone

Artist: Fraser, Charles
Date: 1826

Johnstone, a rice planter, also frequented the community at Flat Rock, NC where he was a supporter of the Church of St. John in the Wilderness. In 1864 he was shot to death by a band of marauders near Flat Rock. An exceptionally fine miniature, it displays Fraser's ability at capturing a likeness and giving a sense of vitality. Only the very starchy white collar detracts from the utter naturalism of the portrait.

The reverse contains a lock of hair. In the account book for the year 1826 is the following entry: "Mr. Andrew Johnson 19 Sept . . . $30." The relatively low fee may be explained by the small size of the ivory, and it was probably sold without its case.

  • Artist's Dates: 1782 - 1860
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: (1805-1864)
  • Credit: Gift of Henry W. Johnstone, Jr.
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1971.011
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  • Charles Fraser's Book of Records

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