Colonel William Alston

Artist: Fraser, Charles

During the Revolution, Alston was an aide to Francis Marion and enjoyed a prosperous life in the Lowcountry. Known as "King Billy," he owned seven plantations and at one point over 700 slaves. Each summer he would travel from Georgetown to his Charleston home, now the Miles Brewton House at 27 King Street, in a lavish four-horse-drawn carriage.

  • Artist's Dates: 1782 - 1860
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 3 3/8 X 2 5/8 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1756-1839
  • Credit: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Frederick Waring
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1975.014.0001
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