John Moultrie III and Family
Artist DetailsName: John Francis Rigaud
Birth: 1742 Death: 1810
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: ca. 1782
Period: 19th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 77 1/4 x 60 1/8 inches
Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by a gift or bequest from Mr. John Henry Dick, Mrs. Rodney Williams, Mrs. Marianne Gaillard Faulkner, Mr. Victor Morawetz. Financial contributions provided by Anonymous, American Express Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Ball, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Austin Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Ball, Dr. and Mrs. F. Macnaughton Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ball, Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Ball, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Frederic M. Ball, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Ian T. Ball, Mrs. John Coming Ball, Mr. and Mrs. N. I. Ball III, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel I. Ball IV, Mr. Robert T. Ball, Dr. and Mrs. Robert T. Ball, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Steven Moultrie Ball, Dr. and Mrs. Stuart F. Ball, Mrs. William Moultrie Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bennett, Mrs. William S. Benton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Brennan, Mr. Kinloch Bull, Mrs. Clarence M. Condon, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Scott Dasburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton deSaussure, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stewart Dunn, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. James G. Gibbs, Sr., Dr. James G. Gibbs, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Zwingle Graham, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Collier Helms III, Mr. and Mrs. John Ball Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Leseman III, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Liberatos, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Martin, Dr. and Mrs. Edmund Rhett, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Small, Mrs. Elizabeth R. Thagard, Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wackenhut.
Loyalists abounded in the South prior to the American Revolution and many Charlestonians sailed for England after the War, never to return. Born in Charleston, John Moultrie III went to England with his father, Dr. John Moultrie, Jr., in 1783 when the latter left British Florida because of his loyalist ties. Subsequently, Moultrie III inherited the estate at Aston Hall in Shropshire, England, from his maternal grandfather. He married Catherine Gaillard Ball, daughter of another Charleston loyalist, Elias Ball of Wambaw Plantation.
Rigaud has portrayed the young couple with their son, George Austin, in an opulent setting that confirms their status in English society. No doubt this was an attempt to distance themselves from the branch of the family that were ardent patriots like General William Moultrie who commanded successfully the forces at the palmetto fort on Sullivan’s Island against the British on June 28, 1776.