Don Manuel Romero de Terreros y Villar-Villamil
When the Spanish came to the Western Hemisphere, they reintroduced the horse to regions where it had long been extinct. This animal had a far-reaching impact on life and culture in the Americas, including the production of equestrian adornments and images. This portrait portrays Don Manuel Romero (1816–1878), a member of Mexico’s ruling class, wearing traditional riding costume and trappings (such as ornate stirrups and spurs).
- Artist: Attributed to follower of Édouard Pingret, French, 1788-1875
- Medium: Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
- Place Made: Mexico
- Dates: ca. 1865
- Dimensions: Oval: 26 1/4 x 22 7/8 in. (66.7 x 58.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 52.166.15
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Attributed to follower of Édouard Pingret (French, 1788-1875). Don Manuel Romero de Terreros y Villar-Villamil, ca. 1865. Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, Oval: 26 1/4 x 22 7/8 in. (66.7 x 58.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.15
- Catalogue Description: This oval equestrian portrait in oils of Don Manuel shows him dressed in the national "Charro" costume on a horse facing to the left. The saddle and accessories are still used today with variations in Mexico. He has black hair and a large mustache. He holds the reins in his left hand while the right one is in his vest. In the landscape background is the monumental aqueduct "El Sitio" part of his hacienda "Xalpa" which was started by the Jesuit fathers in Colonial times and which Don Manuel completed in the middle of the 19th century. He renounced his titles of nobility because of his liberal ideas. He served as Senator of the Republic and Governor of the Federal District (Mexico City). He was very fond of horses and his serapes are at the Museum. Condition: Good with some small cracks at the top.
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)