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image of Señora Sabasa Garcia Francisco de Goya (artist)
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Señora Sabasa Garcia, c. 1806/1811
oil on canvas
overall: 71 x 58 cm (27 15/16 x 22 13/16 in.) framed: 94.6 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm (37 1/4 x 32 x 3 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
Object 7 of 9


The sitter [b. 1790] until her death;[1] by inheritance to her goddaughter, Mariana García Soler, Madrid;[2] after her death, sold by her husband Dr. Sota to Don José Joaquin Herrero, Madrid;[3] Dr. James Simon [1851-1932], Berlin, by 1908;[4] Count Paalen, Berlin; Heinrich Sklarz, Berlin, by 1923;[5] (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);[6] purchased 21 February 1930 by Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington; deeded 28 December 1934 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] J. Valverde Madrid, "El Retrato de doña Sabasa García por Goya," Goya no. 177 (1983): 109.

[2] Elizabeth du Gué Trapier, Goya and His Sitters, New York, 1964: 55, no. 59; Valverde Madrid 1983, 108-109. The provenance card (in NGA curatorial files) for Herrero calls him Don José Juan (rather than Joaquin) Herrero.

[3] Detlev Freiherrn von Hadeln, "Die Porträtausstellung des Kaiser Friedrich Museens Verein," Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 44 (1908-1909): 203, repro. 197. For more information about Simon, see Wilhelm Bode's introduction to Collection Dr. James Simon de Berlin: Catalogue des tableaux, miniatures, bronzes, sculptures, ivoires, cires, bijoux, objets de vitrine, tapis, tapisseries, étoffes, et meubles, Frederik Muller et Cie, Amsterdam, 25-26 October 1927).

[4] August L. Mayer, Francisco de Goya, Munich, 1923: 206, no. 499.

[5] Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America, New York, 1941: 235.

[6] David Finley notebook, in NGA Gallery Archives, copy in NGA curatorial files.

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