||Daniel Solis painting by unknown artist, oil on canvas, 31"x26".
||H-31 W-26 inches
||Oil on canvas
||It is not entirety clear which Daniel Solis this is but we now have a good idea. The lack of specific and readily available information in our archives provoked a rewarding treasure hunt to Identify which Daniel Solis is depicted in this portrait.
'The History of the Jews of Philadelphia from Colonial Times to the Age of Jackson' by Edwin Wolf II and Maxwell Whiteman, mentions a "young man" named Daniel Solis who was licensed as a Shohet (ritual slaughterer) by Congregation Shearith Israel in 1830 and by Mikveh Israel in 1832. The only Daniel Solis mentioned in Malcolm H. Stern's book of family trees, 'First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654- 1988' who was living in 1830 was Daniel Solis of Wilmington, Delaware (1784-1889).
David Pool in 'An Old Faith in a New World' mentions him as a contributor to building Shearith Israel's 1817 Mill Street Synagogue. He would not have been a very young man in 1830. There was a Daniel DaSilva Solis who resided in Delaware and Philadelphia in the early 19th century according to the papers of the Solis-Cohen family, and this may be the same individual that Pool and Stern referred to. He seems to have died in Philadelphia in 1867 or 1869.
He was born in America. His family had emigrated from Spain to Amsterdam in the 17th century and then moved to London. He and his (better known) brother Jacob were itinerant observant Jews in America. Whoever this individual was he was quite dignified and well dressed but not necessarily wealthy.
More information about him can be obtained from the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware