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Catalog Number PA.141
Title Judah Touro
Artist unknown
Date 1853 or 1854
Description Judah Touro (1775-1854), born in Newport 16 June 1775, was one of the two sons of Reverend Isaac Touro, first rabbi of the Touro Synagogue, and Reyna Hays. After the death of his mother and father, young Touro was reared and educated by his mother's brother, in whose counting-house he was later employed. In 1802 he settled in New Orleans where he built up a thriving trade in New England products. Later he became owner of many ships and valuable real estate, until he was numbered among the most prominent merchants. Judah and his brother, Amos, gave generously to many projects, including the Bunker Hill Monument. Another object of their generosity was their native city of Newport, where Amos gave to Touro Synagogue and Judah became the benefactor of the Redwood, donating two thousand dollars in 1814 for improvements to the building and three thousand dollars after his death in New Orleans 13 January 1854. He was named an honorary member of the library in 1843.

Portrait. Adult male subject. Waist-length view. eyes gazed forward at viewer. He has grey eyes and grey hair and wears a black jacket and top hat. Background is dark brown.
Object Name Painting
Medium Oil
Material Panel
Dimensions H-38.1 W-33 cm
Credit line Gift of Peter Chardon Brooks
Provenance 1899, March 15 - Gift of Peter Chardon Brooks

"...I have had for many years, inherited from my grandfather, Mr. R. D. Shepherd of New Orleans." (letter to Redwood Library from Mr. Brooks, Feb 22, 1899)
Inscription Location Bottom of Front Frame
Inscriptions and Marks Portrait of Judah Touro 1775-1854, Benefactor of Redwood Library
Collection Painting
People Brooks, Peter Chardon, 1831-1920
unknown Touro, Judah, 1775-1854
Notes This is most likely a painting on a salted paper print of a photograph made using the collodion process. It is not a Daguerrotype. (TR 7/29/2016)

Formerly #59. Appears to have been painted on a Daguerrotype

1963 (10-27 Sept) Newport Art Museum "Touro Synagogue: Ancestors and Memorability, 1763-1963"; 1992 (4 July-13 Sept) Newport Art Museum "NewPortraits"

Noted to be oil on photograph???
Related Publications Annual Report 1898-99 (18); ACC Touro ; 1963 "The Firsts of American Jewish History" by ( ) ; 1957 "Jewish Encyclopedia" edited by Roth ( ); 1960 "The Growth of Southern Civilization by Clement Eaton" (plate 22 on p.10); 1972 "Encyclopaedia Judaica" by Roth, Vol. 15, (1290)