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Augustus Jay (1665-1751)

Object Number: 
1938.222
Date: 
ca. 1725
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 x 29 in. ( 96.5 x 73.7 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The subject was the son of Pierre Jay, a prosperous merchant and ship owner, and Judith (François) Jay, Huguenots of La Rochelle, France. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Augustus Jay escaped to America, living first in the Carolinas, later moving north to Philadelphia, and finally settling in New York. He became a freeman in New York in 1700-01 and rapidly established himself as an influential and wealthy merchant. Chief Justice John Jay was his grandson.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Banyer Clarkson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group