Mikveh Israel Portrait Gallery
Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas

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Collection KKMI Paintings
Artist Rosenthal, Albert (1863-1939)
Description Portrait of Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas (1746-1816). Hazan (Minister) of KKMI 1780-1784.
Undated, circa 1911. Unsigned, attributed to Albert Rosenthal (1863-1939) after an unknown original.
Dimensions H-31 W-25 inches
Material Canvas
Object Name Painting
Provenance Born in the American colonies, Rev. Seixas was appointed minister of Shearith Israel in New York at age 23. He was a supporter of the American Revolution and left New York in 1776 as the British approached. After a stay in Connecticut, he became Hazan (Minister) of Mikveh Israel from 1780-1784. He consolidated the Spanish and Portuguese Minhag (traditions) and administrative structure here, before moving back to Shearith Israel after the Revolution. Well known for his association with the Protestant elite, he was one of three ministers to participate in the presidential inauguration of George Washington. He was a trustee of Columbia College (now Columbia University). Although he was best known for his association with Shearith Israel, he was reputed to have been reluctant to leave Philadelphia.
Title Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas
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