Late 17th/early 18th century oil on canvas portrait of a Spanish Colonial officer, possibly a member of the viceroyalty, standing In his military dress uniform with sash belt and sword, medal with ribbon around his neck. Subject holds a letter in one hand reading: “Prospecto para mejorar de sueldos a los Individuos de la real casa de Moneda de Santafe” – prospect to improve the salaries of the individuals of the royal mint of Santafe (Bogata, Columbia) and a cane in the other. Coat of Arms upper left corner reading “Armas de los Henriquez de Guzman”. Unsigned. Housed in a later gilt carved Baroque style frame with corner and side ornaments; Wunderly Bros., Pittsburgh framing label en verso. Sight – 34″ H x 26 3/4″ W. Framed – 45 1/2″ H x 38″ W. Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. CONDITION: Relined, with overall fine cracquelure. Area of paint loss to lowermost edge of canvas near frame edge near top of subject’s right leg. Triangular shaped area of inpainting/overpainting visible under UV light between crest and subject’s head. Scattered light grime and tiny accretions. A few scattered losses to gilding on frame.
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