The year his portrait was painted, Drayton graduated from the United States Military Academy. He resigned from duty in 1836, although he retained a position in the State Militia during the 1840s. He joined the Confederate Army as Brigadier-General in 1861 and commanded the unsuccessful defense of Port Royal. He was also a planter and was active in the development of the railroad, serving as President of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad.
Inman has been categorized as a "romantic realist, " and Drayton's miniature bears this out. The detailing and coloring are precise and clear. However, the placement of the figure slightly above the viewer's eye level and with a slight tilt contribute to a romantic mood. The dramatic swoop of the black collar also enhances the portrayal.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984