The elder brother of the artist by twenty years, Frederick supervised the young artist's upbringing, and paid for his drawing lessons with Thomas Coram in 1796. Frederick inherited his father's plantation on Huspah Neck in Prince William Parish, and Fraser did a watercolor of it in his sketch book. Fraser may have done portraits of family members as experiments or for practice. In this case, the almost round format is unusual, and the characterization is stronger than others of this date.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984