Abraham Alexander

Artist: Sully, Lawrence

A native of London, Alexander emigrated to Charleston ca. 1760. He became an active member of the congregation of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and performed the duties of lay rabbi 1764-1782. He held the position of auditor at the U.S. Custom House at Charleston 1802-1813 and was a founder and first Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of the Scottish-Rite. The miniature has consistently been attributed to Sully. Certain passages in it are awkward, including the painting of the body.

  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 3 1/2 X 2 1/8 Inches
  • Credit: Gift of John F. Alexander in memory of Rosa Hays Alexander
  • Period: 18th century
  • Accession Number: 1971.014
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