Susannah Campbell was the first wife of Judge Mitchell King, a distinguished Charleston jurist and long-time President of the Board of Trustees at the College of Charleston. Fraser frequented the Kings' fine house, where the artist and judge discussed legal, artistic and cultural matters. Judge King was a longstanding patron of Fraser. The impression of the portrait is one of large proportions, due to the placement of the sitter so close to the edge of the ivory. The use of the white collar and dress, and the delicate coloring of the shawl soften the portrayal. In 1819 Fraser received $60 for a portrait of Mrs. King.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984