Jeremiah Theus, Important Georgia Portrait
Winning Bid: $26,000
Jeremiah Theus, Important Georgia Portrait:
(Charleston, South Carolina/Swiss, 1719-1774)
Portrait of James Habersham, Jr., unsigned, oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., good old gilt wood frame with applied decoration, 37-1/2 x 32 in.
Note: James Habersham Jr. (1745-1799) was a planter, merchant, slave trader and politician who was speaker in the Georgia General Assembly. He also served on the board of trustees which established the University of Georgia in 1785.
Literature: Lambert, F. (2012) James Habersham: Loyalty, politics, and commerce in Colonial Georgia. Athens, Georgia: University Of Georgia Press.
backed and restretched, retouch visible under blacklight (please see photo), several old repairs as well as what appears to be more recent restoration in area of face and hair; frame resurfaced and with some losses