Francisco de Goya (artist)|
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
María Teresa de Borbón y Vallabriga, later Condesa de Chinchón, 1783
oil on canvas
overall: 134.5 x 117.5 cm (52 15/16 x 46 1/4 in.) framed: 154.3 x 136.8 x 5.7 cm (60 3/4 x 53 7/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
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Commissioned by the Infante Don Luis de Borbón [1727-1785], Palace of Arenas de San Pedro, near Avila; by inheritance to his daughter, the sitter [1779-1828], Palace at Boadilla del Monte, near Madrid; by inheritance to her only child, Carlota Luisa de Godoy y Borbón [1800-1886], Condesa de Chinchón, Duquesa de Alcudia y de Sueca, Boadilla del Monte, in whose possession it was recorded in 1867 and 1886; by inheritance to her son, Adolfo Ruspoli [1822-1914], Duque de Sueca, Conde de Chinchón; possibly bought in or purchased by the family at his (liquidation sale, Paris, 7 February 1914); his daughter, Maria Teresa Ruspoli y Alvarez de Toledo, wife of Henri-Melchior Cognet Chappuis, Comte de Maubou de la Roue, Paris;; her nephew, Don Camilo Carlos Adolfo Ruspoli y Caro [1904-1975], Conde de Chinchón, Duque de Alcudia y de Sueca, Madrid, by 1951. Sold by the family by March 1957 to (Wildenstein & Co., New York); purchased 2 March 1959 by Ailsa Mellon Bruce, New York; gift to NGA 1970.
Pierre Gassier, "Les portraits peints par Goya pour l'Infant Don Luis de Borbón à Arenas de San Pedro", Revue de l'Art 43 (1979): 21, note 24.  Charles Yriarte, Goya: sa biographie et le catalogue de l'oeuvre (Paris, 1867): 138; El Conde de la Viñaza, Goya: su tiempo, su vida, sus obras (Madrid, 1887): 225, no. 29. See also Gassier 1979, 21, note 26. Biographical information on the Condesa and her descendants is given by Almanach de Gotha (Leipzig, 1939): 614-615; Juan Moreno de Guerra y Alonso, Guía de la grandeza (Madrid, 1917): 52; World Nobility and Peerage, vol. 87 (London, 1955): 158, 171; Domingo Araujo Affonso, Robert Cuny, Alberto de Mestas, Simon Konarski, and Hervé Pincteau, Le sang de Louis XIV, 2 vols. (Braga, 1961), 1:192; 2:492-497.  Recorded in his possession by Richard Oertel, Francisco de Goya (Leipzig, 1907): 54 and Albert F. Calvert, Goya: An Account of his Life and Peace (London, 1908): 60. Also noted in 29 November 1988 letter from Ay-Whang Hsia of Wildenstein & Co., New York, NGA curatorial files.  According to Cleveland Museum of Art records (European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries; Cleveland, 1982; p. 486) for Goya's Portrait of the Infante Don Luis de Borbón, which has the same provenance as the NGA portrait, Adolfo Ruspoli died in Paris on 4 February 1914, after which his estate was liquidated on 7 February 1914. Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald, L'oeuvre peint de Goya ,4 vols. (Paris, 1928-1950):2:13, no. 292 claims that this painting was in the liquidation sale. Perhaps it was bought in or purchased by the family at this time.  29 November 1988 letter from Wildenstein's.  29 November 1988 letter from Wildenstein's.  29 November 1988 letter from Wildenstein's.  Purchase date from Wildenstein's is noted in the Ailsa Mellon Bruce notebook, NGA curatorial files.
- Borbón, Don Luis de, Infante
- Borbón y Vallabriga, María Teresa de
- Bruce, Ailsa Mellon, Mrs.
- Godoy y Borbón, Carlota Luisa de
- Ruspoli, Duque de Sueco, Conde de Chinchón, Adolfo
- Ruspoli y Alvarez de Toledo, María Teresa
- Ruspoli y Caro, Conde de Chinchón, Camilo Carlos Adolfo, Don
- Sale, Paris
- Wildenstein & Co., Inc.
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