H. F. Plowden Weston

Artist: Fraser, Charles
Date: 1824

A native of England, Weston was a planter at Hagley on the Waccamaw River. He was an active ecclesiologist which may explain his early patronage of a Gothic-style parish church on his property. In addition, he was a bibliophile who printed fine editions and collected manuscripts and books printed before 1500. The account book lists "Mr. Weston . . . $50" in 1824. Weston's portrait is one of the most memorable likenesses of old age. The position of Weston's head looking down may have been typical of the sitter or may have been the invention of the artist. In any event, it is striking and unique. The rumpled hair and clothing help to complete the portrayal of a distinguished old man at an advanced age.


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 7/8 X 3 1/4 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1738-1827
  • Signature: CF
  • Signature Location: bottom right
  • Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Eliza Huger Kammerer Fund in memory of Helen Gardner McCormack
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1974.004

  • Charles Fraser's Book of Records

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