Abraham Furtado


France, first half of the 19th century

Oil on canvas, 33 x 24.8 cm

Gift of Marie-Claude Hayman, in memory of her mother Odette Fabius

Anonymous, Abraham Furtado, France, first half of the 19th century

Anonymous, Abraham Furtado, France, first half of the 19th century

The lawyer Abraham Furtado (London, 1756 – Bordeaux, 1817) fought for the preservation of the rights the Jews acquired during the Revolution. Born in 1756 into a family of Portuguese Marrano descent, he was educated in Bordeaux and summoned by Malesherbes in 1788 to sit on the commission charged with reflecting on improving the conditions of Jews in France. Due to his close ties with the Girondins he was exiled in 1793 during the Terror. Yet he was chosen to represent the Gironde at the Assembly of Notables, which he chaired in 1806 before becoming secretary of the Grand Sanhedrin. After Napoleon’s fall in 1814, he was appointed deputy mayor of Bordeaux by Louis XVIII and remained so until he died in 1817.

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