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Johann Martin Bolzius (1703-1765)

Artist/Maker:
Haid, Johan Jacob –After Jeremiah Theus
Place Made:
Augsburg Germany
Date Made:
1745
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
HOA: 7 3/4; WOA: 6 3/8
Accession Number:
2024.39
Description:
Johann Martin Bolzius was a Lutheran clergyman who accompanied about 100 Austrian Protestants, known as Salzburgers, who emigrated from Germany to Georgia. He was ordained in 1733, landed in Savannah in 1734, and founded the town of Ebenezer, Georgia. This portrait was engraved after a painting by Jeremiah Theus. The location of that painting is currently unknown.

RELATED OBJECTS: Plan Von Neu Ebenezer by Mattheus Seutter and T.C. Lotter (MESDA acc. 2867)

DESCRIPTION: Mezzotint engraving, half-length portrait man, wearing clerical robe, white neck bands and white wig with side curls. Portrait is set in a tromp l’oeil oval frame.

History:
This print may have appeared originally in the 1745 “Continuation” of Johann Martin Bolzius and Samuel Urlsperger’s “Nachrichten von der königlich-gross-britannischen Colonie salzburgischer Emigranten in America.” The complete work was published in 18 “continuations” or volumes between 1738 and 1752 in Augsburg.
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton