1808 José Campeche y Jordán Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751 Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809 oil on wood 9 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (25.2 x 19.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.2 Not currently on view
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José Campeche made this portrait of Isabel O'Daly (1772-1840) when she was thirty-six years old. Isabel was the daughter of Thomas O'Daly, an Irish engineer who came to San Juan in 1765 to complete the massive fortifications of the city. Campeche had a gift for painting the effects of light and shadow, and his naturalistic modeling captured the indentation above Isabel's upper lip and the prominence of her chin.
Portrait female - O'Daly, Isabel - waist length
paint - oil