Isaac Mendes Belisario

1795 - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Born in Kingston in 1795 into a Seraphic Jewish family, the son of Abraham Belisario and his wife Esther nee Lindo. His father had moved to Jamaica in 1786, where he married the daughter of his employer Alexander Lindo (q.v.) in 1791. Abraham and Esther with their 6 children, including Isaac, returned to London in 1803.

He moved back to Jamaica around 1832 following training as an artist and a stint as a stockbroker in London. "Isaac Mendes Belisario was the first documented Jamaican-born artist. He was active in Kingston around Emancipation and his work, in paint and in print, provides a rich document of life in Jamaica, seen from the perspective of the Sephardic merchant class to which he belonged. Belisario’s work is well represented in the [National Gallery of Jamaica] Collection and on permanent view in [its] historical galleries."

He appears in the slave compensation records as the executor of Rebecca Belisario and the guardian of Leah Mendes Belisario.


Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester, and Barbaro Martinez Ruiz (eds), Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds (2008).

Quote from 'Isaac Mendes Belisario (1795-1849)', blog of the National Gallery of Jamaica, [accessed 04/07/2018].

Further Information


Associated Claims (2)

£39 1S 8D
£39 1S 8D

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Prints, Drawings and Paintings
...Sketches of Character, In Illustration of the Habits, Occupation, and Costume of the Negro Population in the Island of... 

Addresses (2)

Highbury Place, Highbury, London, Middlesex, London, England
Notes →, London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 [database online].

John Street, Kings Road, London, Middlesex, London, England
Notes →, London, England, Stock Exchange Membership Applications, 1802-1924 [database online].