As a former member of the Commons House, Horry was elected to the Provincial Congress in 1775. He was a member of the constitutional convention which ratified the Federal constitution, and was active in formulating the state's constitution.
Fraser painted few profile portraits and, in general, they appear to be copies. Profiles had been made popular by the artist Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin, who used a specially designed tracing machine and who had been in Charleston 1808-1809. Horry's likeness is uncharacteristically unflattering, with its wrinkles, beak-like nose, stringy hair and humped back. This portrait could be the one listed for 1820 simply as "Mr. Horry . . . $50."
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984