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Don Jose Gutierrez del Arroyo y Delgado

before 1852 Unidentified (Puerto Rican) watercolor on ivory 3 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. (8.9 x 7.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1997.79.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 11

Luce Center Label

Painted flowers frame this portrait of Don José Gutiérrez del Arroyo y Delgado. Born in 1757, Don José became the dean of the San Juan Cathedral and Knight Commander of the American Royal Order of Queen Isabella I of Spain. A blue and green curtain pulled to one side reveals the distinguished gentleman seated in an expensive chair. Don José's robe, skull cap, and jewels describe his position, while the books testify to his learning and personal wealth.


Dress - accessory - jewelry

Ethnic - Hispanic

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

Object - written matter - book

Portrait male - Arroyo y Delgado, Jose Guitierrez del, Don - elderly

Portrait male - Arroyo y Delgado, Jose Guitierrez del, Don - waist length

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor