A resident of Charleston, South Carolina, Charles Fraser (1782-1860) trained as a lawyer but worked as an artist poet and writedr. His work was exhibited in Charleston, Boston, and Philadelphia, cities in which he also successfully sought portrait commissions. (See G and W, p. 240; and Johnson, pp. 118-119).
An inscription on the back of the frame reads that the portrait was painted by a "Miss Hill." A listing for Mrs. Anne Hill and Mrs. Amelia [Robertson] Hill [Paton] are included in The New-York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564-1860 (G and W, p.315, 490). The first published a book of floral drawings in Philadelphia in 1845, and the second was a Scottish sculptor who may have done wax portraits but is otherwise not known to have visited the United States.