Miniature of Edmund Pendleton
Edmund Pendleton, a colonial- and Revolutionary-era politician and judge, is the subject of this miniature ivory portrait painted from life about 1800 by William Mercer. The Fredericksburg-born Mercer was the deaf and mute son of the Revolutionary War general Hugh Mercer, who died after being wounded at the Battle of Princeton. William Mercer studied with the renowned portraitist Charles Willson Peale in Philadelphia but spent most of his artistic career in Fredericksburg. Few of Mercer's works survive.