Portrait of Juan Miguel de Grijalba

Vicente López y Portaña (Spanish, 1772-1850)

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A native of Valencia, Vicente López was called to Madrid in 1814 by Fernando VII, newly restored to the Spanish throne after six years of Napoleonic rule. Soon afterward, he was appointed First Painter to the King, in effect replacing Goya as the preferred portraitist at court and marking a shift in taste toward a more classicizing style.

In this work, López portrays a courtier he must have known well. Juan Miguel de Grijalba, the learned favorite of Fernando VII, wears the dress uniform of the king's Secretary and grasps a bundle of letters emblematic of his office.

Apolinar Sanchez, Madrid, Spain.
Rafael J. Bosch.{1}
Elena Rocha de Pitt Funes [1904 - ?], Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Auction at (J.C. Naón & Cia SRL, Buenos Aires) in 1978.{2}
(Stair Sainty Matthiesen, Inc., New York, New York) by 1993;
Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1993.

{1} Sanchez and Bosch are listed as previous owners in the 1978 auction catalogue, see below.
{2} Colecciones de Obras de Arte, J.C. Naón & Cia SRL, Buenos Aires, 25-26 July 1978, no. 20 (reproduced). A sticker on the stretcher links the painting to Naón’s Hotel de Ventas.

Object Information

Vicente López y Portaña (Spanish, 1772-1850)
creation date
about 1825
oil on canvas
40-1/2 x 31 in.
approximately 51 x 41 x 3-3/4 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed in black paint at lower right: Vic. te Lopez P.
accession number
credit line
Acquired through the generosity of Allen Whitehill Clowes
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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