Laight served as President of the Eagle Fire Insurance company of New York for twenty-five years. In 1802 he married a Charlestonian, Anne Huger. Recorded in Malbone's account book for December, 1802, the miniature was painted in New York and Malbone received $50. Laight's portrait reveals the influence of English miniaturists in the inclined position of the head, the faraway gaze and delicate transparency of the background. However, the portrait has a robustness and substance often lacking in English examples.
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: 1777 - 1807
b: Newport, RI
d: Savannah, GA