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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: 18th century: Polly Ouldfield of Winyah

Jeremiah Theüs

(born Chur, Switzerland 1716 -- died Charleston, SC 1774)

Jeremiah Theüs probably came from a Swiss family in the area of Charleston, South Carolina, where many Swiss immigrants had established farms. Theüs advertised his services “to wait on [his clients] at their respective plantations.” He opened an art school and for about thirty-four years was the leading portraitist in the city. He was also a prominent figure in the civic, social, and religious life of Charleston, and died a wealthy man.