signed R. Madrazo, dated Pittsburgh 1905 and inscribed Terminé chez mon ami A Peacock (lower right)
Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta arrived in the United States in 1896 and upon settling in New York quickly became one of the most sought after portrait painters in the city, attracting such prominent collectors as John Pierpont Morgan, the Posts, and the Vanderbilts. Madrazo's appeal soon extended beyond New York, and one of his most devoted clients was Andrew Peacock, a vice president of Carnegie Steel Company. Peacock was an avid collector and housed his collection in his mansion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, called Rowanlea. Peacock ultimately commissioned seven family portraits from Madrazo, even inviting the artist to stay with him throughout their completion. The present work was perhaps presented to Peacock as a token of Madrazo's appreciation for his hospitality and it is thought that the woman in blue holding the pitcher is Madame Madrazo and the small white dog, the family pet.
The majority of Peacock's art collection was auctioned in 1922 in New York, however, the present work was kept by the family, and hung in their home until the mid-1980s.
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