Traditionally this portrait has been identified as James Stanyarne, a planter on John's Island. As Stanyarne died eleven years before the miniature was painted, this identification may be incorrect, or the miniature may be a copy after another portrait. The gold locket bears the following inscription: "Died May 1780 aged 43." The dark green background and rust-colored coat are unusual for Henri, and may corroborate the fact that this is a copy. However, certain curling and linear mannerisms in the eyes, eyebrows and lips are thoroughly characteristic.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984