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Augustus Jay (1665-1751)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1725
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 38 x 29 in. ( 96.5 x 73.7 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Banyer Clarkson
Object Number: 1938.222
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The subject was the son of Pierre Jay, a prosperous merchant and ship owner, and Judith (Fran├žois) 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.