Martha Jaquelin (1711-1792)

Date: ca. 1720-1730

Martha Jaquelin was the daughter of Edward Jaquelin I and Martha Cary Jaquelin. She never married.

Reference: “Thus seating myself surrounded with the pictures of my venerable Great Grandfather, Mother and their numerous descendants, I proceeded to examine the Contents of the drawers that I might develope their characters…The Costume of the Young Ladies and Gentlemen bespoke more modern fashion; amongst whom and she was the youngest stood my highly respected Aunt Martha who I well remember told me she was born in the year 1711 She died at the age of 83[or 93] She was indeed a charming woman, and after living near a whole century retained her powers of amusing and instructing.” Elizabeth Carrington to Ann Ambler Fisher, 10 October 1796, in Elizabeth Jacquelin Ambler Brent Carrington Papers, Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg.

Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

The subject is a girl wearing a pink wrap dress and a green cape that billows behind her and is attached at her left shoulder with a jeweled clasp. She holds bunches of grapes and peaches with her right hand. Her left holds a peach. A red drapery is behind her and foliage to the right.

See: Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 91-94; Wayne Craven, Colonial American Portraiture (1986), 199-201.

Family: Jaquelin
Location: Jamestown
Decade: 1720s