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Jay, John, 1745-1829

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role Collector Patron
dates 1745-1829
city New York City
other citiesRye, NY;
sex M
historical notes In addition to being a patron and collector of the arts, John Jay was a politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, a Founding Father of the United States, President of the Continental Congress (1778- 1779 and 1789- 1795), the first Chief Justice of the United States.

During and after the American Revolution, he was a minister (ambassador) to Spain and France.

Jay supported and introduced talented artists like Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West and John Trumbull to his colleagues (Trumbull had traveled with Jay to London as his secretary during the 1794-95 Jay Treaty negotiations).

Jay commissioned portraits by Rembrandt and Raphaelle Peale, Caleb Boyle, and Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull.
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The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
John Jay papers, 1664-1820. see details...