Colonel Thomas Pinckney, Jr. (1780-1842 )

Artist Details

Name: Edward Greene Malbone
Birth: 1777 Death: 1807
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1801
Medium: watercolor on ivory
Dimensions: 3 x 2 3/8 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase

The son of General Thomas Pinckney, Pinckney spent part of his childhood in London while his father was ambassador. The Society of Cincinnati paid him the following tribute: “Inheriting family distinction and wealth, Col. Pinckney was early in life placed in a situation in society which required him to support the station of a Carolina gentleman, and by his courteous manners and generous hospitality, he adorned that elevated and dignified station.” A planter, he was interested in scientific agriculture and was president of the Pendleton, SC, Farmers Society. Pinckney had his portrait painted during December, 1801 – January, 1802. While his portrait and that of his wife Eliza are thought of as a pair, they were not designed to be so; his figure is on a smaller scale, and they have different types of backgrounds. Malbone has dramatically accented his portrait with the red of Pinckney’s waistcoat.

Share this work