Jenaro Pérez Villaamil
- Jenaro Pérez Villaamil
- Once escenas costumbristas y de toreo (eleven costume paintings and bullfight scenes)
six signed Villaamil lower right; one signed GP Villaamil lower centre; two signed and dated Villaamil 1837 lower right; one signed and dated Villaamil 1837 lower right; one signed G Villaamil lower right
- oil on metal
- four: 25 by 35.5cm., 10 by 14in. (i-iv); seven: 13 by 18cm., 5 by 7in (v-xi) (11)
George William Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, probably purchased during his ambassadorship in Madrid during 1833-1839. Clarendon was later British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1853-1858. He was a well-known ladies' man, and had an affair with the mother of Empress Eugénie of France. While in Madrid, his portrait was painted by Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz (sold at Sotheby's, London, 9th December 2010, lot 254)
Thence by descent to the present owner
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Villaamil and Clarendon would very likely have been introduced to one another at the celebrated 'Thursday Salons' organised by the Liceo Artístico y Literario Español de Madrid. This institution, created in 1837, had its origins at the tertulias at the Parnasillo café in Madrid, the seedbed of Romanticism in Spanish art.
The views include two paintings of the old bullring in Madrid, a favourite subject of Goya (i and ii).
Please contact the department for images of all eleven works.