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image of The Marquesa de Pontejos Francisco de Goya (artist)
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
The Marquesa de Pontejos, c. 1786
oil on canvas
overall: 210.3 x 127 cm (82 13/16 x 50 in.) framed: 231.8 x 146.4 cm (91 1/4 x 57 5/8 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.85
Not on View
From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
Object 2 of 9

Provenance

The sitter [1762-1834], Casa Pontejos and Palacio Miraflores, Madrid; her third husband, Joaquín Pérez Vizcaíno y Moles [1790-1840], Palacio Miraflores, Madrid;[1] his son-in-law, Don Manuel de Pando y Fernández, Marqués de Miraflores, Palacio Miraflores, by 1867;[2] Don Manuel's granddaughter, Genoveva de Sanmiego y Pando, Marquesa Viuda [widow] de Martorell and Marquesa de Miraflores y de Pontejos, Palacio Miraflores, by 1900;[3] her son, Don Manuel Alvarez de Toledo, Marqués de Miraflores y de Pontejos, Palacio Miraflores, by 1900;[4] sold July 1931 through Mrs. Walter H. [Anna] Schoellkopf, Madrid, and (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and Paris) to Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.; deeded December 1934 to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] Walter Cook, "Spanish Paintings in the National Gallery of Art II: Portraits by Goya," Gazette des Beaux-Arts 28 (1945): 152 n 2. On Vizcaíno's life and career and on his inheritance of his wife's estate, see Eduardo C. Puga, "El Marqués de Pontejos," La ilustración española y americana 39 (8 May 1895): 286-287.

[2] Charles Yriate, Goya: sa biographie et le catalogue de l'oeuvre, Paris, 1867: 139. Basic biographical information about the members of the house of Pontejos is given by Alberto and Arturo García Carrafa, Diccionario heráldico y genealógico de apellidos españoles y americanos, vol. 71, Madrid, 1956: 137-140; and by Juan Moreno de Guerra y Alonso, Guía de la grandeza Madrid, 1917: 228-229.

[3] Obras de Goya, exh. cat., Ministerio de Instruccion Pública y Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1910: 32, no. 92. The painting was also recorded in her possession by S. L. Benusan, "A Note upon the Paintings of Francisco José Goya," The Studio 24 (1901): 156; Albert F. Calvert, Goya: an Account of his Life and Works, London, 1908: 193, no. 215; Paul Lafond, Goya, Paris, 1910: 6; Hugh Stokes, Francisco Goya, London, 1914: 338, no. 251; Aureliano de Beruete y Moret, Goya, pintor de retratos, Madrid, 1915: 39; Valerian von Loga, Francisco de Goya, Munich, 1923: 200, no. 307; Colección de cuatrocientos y nueve reproducciones de cuadros, dibujos, y aquafuertes de Don Francisco de Goya precididas de un epistolario del gran pintor y noticias biograficas por Don Francisco Zapatar (1860), Madrid, 1924: no. 58.

[4] Pinturas de... Goya, exh. cat., 1928: 23, no. 18.6. Lively accounts of the negotiations involved in this sale are given by David Edward Finley, A Standard of Excellence, Washington, 1973: 21-22; and John Walker, Self-Portrait with Donors , Boston, 1974: 125.

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