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Sarah Solis Carvalho (Painting)

Description: Sarah Solis Carvalho (Painting).

Solomon Nunes Carvalho, artist, daguerreotypist and portrait painter, was a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He later resided variously in Barbados, Philadelphia, Baltimore and finally New York. Carvalho helped establish a Sephardic congregation, Beit Israel, in Baltimore.

This is a portrait of his wife Sarah Miriam Solis (1824-1894). The pair were married in 1845 by the groom’s friend, Reverend Isaac Leeser (1806-1868), hazzan of Congregation K.K. Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia.

Sarah Carvalho was founder and President of the Baltimore Hebrew Sunday School Association.

Carvalho’s sources for the composition (the rich drapery swag to the sitter’s left, and the non-specific view through the window to her right) and tonality of this portrait lie ultimately in eighteenth century European painting, filtered through such American painters as Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Sully, with a touch of Victorian sentimentality.

It is interesting to note that Carvalho’s experience with photographic portraits did not influence this portrait of his wife.

Creator: Solomon Nunes Carvalho

Object Origin: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Date: ca. 1856

Medium: oil on canvas

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Repository: Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Call Number: 2003.028

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4 comments to Sarah Solis Carvalho (Painting)

  • rosewithoutathorn84

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Jewish People and History – Ancient and Modern, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  • riya.agg7

    dream girl.

  • Albashery

    Nice paintings

  • pennylrichardsca

    Is her hand backwards, though? I can’t figure a natural way that her thumb should be on the outside of that pose, but the splayed finger doesn’t look like a pinkie, either. Something looks odd there.

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