Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes
These two male sitters, posed similarly in three-quarter-length portraits, were painted in two major colonial American centers, Boston and Mexico City (then New Spain), separated by almost three thousand miles. Although the Boston-based painter John Badger served more modest patrons (such as the upright barrel maker known as “Honest John Haskins”), whose wealth and ambitions paled in comparison to those of their South American counterparts, both of these works reveal the colonial elite’s desire to emulate the wealth and prestige of European gentry.
The portraits share a formality of pose and an emphasis on fine costume that reveal a common source in European portraiture. John Haskins holds his hand on his hip, in a pose of authority found in Elizabethan portraits. The inscription at the bottom of Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes’s portrait lists honors and inherited titles that explicitly identify him as a descendant of an aristocratic Spanish family.
This text refers to these objects: ' 52.42; 52.166.6
- Culture: Mexican
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: Mexico
- Dates: 1788
- Dimensions: 40 1/2 x 32 1/2in. (102.9 x 82.6cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed across the bottom: " El Sr. Dn. Ignacio Leonel Gomez de Cervantes, Padilla, Niño de Cordova, Riva de Neyra, Fernandez de la Higuera, Gorraes Estrada Ve-/(lasco) Urrutia de Vergara, Cavallero Maestrante de la Real de Ronda, Marques de Salinas del Rio de Pizuerga. Señor de las Vi-/llas de Berniches de Sauguiya, de Enares Gentil Hombre de Camara de S.M.C. con entrada. Alclade Ordinario / (last line of inscription destroyed)."
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 52.166.6
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Mexican. Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes, 1788. Oil on canvas, 40 1/2 x 32 1/2in. (102.9 x 82.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.6
- Catalogue Description: Don Ygnacio Leonel Gomez de Cervantes (1762-1813). An oil painting by an unknown artist. He is seen in three-quarter length and view facing to the right of the picture. He wears a wig with the ends curled and stands in front of a pale pink curtain against a neutral background. There is a lace jaboe and lace at the cuffs. His coat is gold with blue inserts over a red undercoat. He holds a cane in his right hand and his left hand is in his vest. In back of the right side of his coat is a sword handle. Condition: Good generally though there are cracks along the bottom which partially obliterate the inscription, and at the top and at the upper right hand side.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)