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ID number:  BIRBI-40.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Campeche y Jordán, José, attributed to (1751 - 1809)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a Lady
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  San Juan, Puerto Rico
Culture:  Puertorican
Date made:  about 1800-05
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  105 x 85 cm
Provenance:  D. Fernando Baron; purchased by Duque del Infantado, Madrid, around 1925; Mr W. T. Russell, Kent, 1933; purchased by Mr B. Averkieff, 1937; purchased from Mr J. B. Manson, London in 1940 for £1,650.

Acquired in 1940 as a portrait by the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya of his mother, this attribution has long been dismissed - along with the authenticity of two accompanying letters, also supposedly by Goya, that mention the painting. Recently, several specialists have suggested it is by José Campeche. A Puerto Rican artist whose father was a formerly enslaved person who purchased his freedom, Campeche is now acclaimed as one of the finest painters working in the Amercias in the 18th century. The identity of the sitter remains unknown, but her brooch represents the Virgin of Solitude: she may have been a member of a specific lay religious society in Puerto Rico.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'El Arte en Espagña', Barcelona, 1929, no. 3093.

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