Thomas Fenwick Drayton
Artist DetailsName: Henry Inman
Birth: 1801 Death: 1846
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1828
Period: 19th Century
Medium: watercolor on ivory
Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches
Credit: Gift of Mrs. William Phillips
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.