Mrs. Jacob Motte (Rebecca Brewton)

Artist: Jeremiah Theus (American, Chur, 1716–1774 Charleston, South Carolina)

Date: ca. 1758

Medium: Watercolor on ivory

Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. (3.5 x 3.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Bequest of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, by exchange, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.340


The sitter is Rebecca Brewton (1737 -1816), the honorable Jacob Mottes, second wife, who he married in 1758. Theus also painted Jacob Motte Jr. in miniature (date and location unknown). Until now, the traditional identification of the sitter had been Elizabeth Martin (1710-1757), Motte's first wife.