Rabbi Raphael Haijm Isaac Karigal (1733–1777) Artist: Samuel King (American, 1749–1819)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

Ezra Stiles, a prominent Rhode Island minister and later the seventh president of Yale College, commissioned this portrait of Rabbi Raphael Haijm Isaac Karigal in 1781 as a tribute to their close friendship. Dressed to lead a service at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Rabbi Carigal is shown on the eve of Purim, March 8, 1773. Reverend Ezra Stiles attended this service, recalling that Carigal was "dressed in a red Garment with the usual Phylacteries and habilments, the white silk Surplice; he wore a high brown fur cap, had a long Beard." One of the few ordained rabbis to visit colonial America, the learned and well-traveled Carigal spent six months in Newport. He and Stiles became close friends, sharing a rich interfaith dialogue that this portrait commemorates.


Oil on canvas


30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)

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Gift of Ann Jenkins Prouty

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18th century


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Ezra Stiles; following his death in 1795, to his daughter Emilia Stiles Leavitt; by descent in the Stiles family to the present owner, Mrs. Ann Prouty
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 13, fig. 3
  • "Acquisitions 2009," in "State of the Art: Contemporary Sculpture," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009), 138
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Rabbi Raphael Haijm Isaac Karigal, Born at Hebron. Educated there & Jerusalem and died at Barbados/ AEtat-MDCLXXII

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