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A dwarf at the court of King Philip IV of Spain. Etching by M. Pineda Montón after D. Velazquez.

  • Velázquez, Diego, 1599-1660.
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A dwarf wearing a black hat, seated and holding a large book. Usually identified as Don Diego de Acedo, "El Primo", following the arguments of P. de Madrazo in 1872. However, a version of a painting of a different dwarf by Velazquez was recorded in a 1677 inventory as a portrait of Don Diego de Acedo, "El Primo": this version was offered for sale at Christie's, New York, 25 January 2012, lot 41. If that identification is correct, the dwarf depicted in the present etching (and in the painting by Velasquez in the Prado which it copies) seems likely to be Don Sebastián de Morra, a dwarf, who entered the service of Prince Baltasar Carlos in 1643. For the arguments see Christie's, loc. cit.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 27.8 x 21.8 cm

Lettering

Velazquez. p.o ; Pineda. g.o

References note

Christie's, New York, Old master paintings, part 1, 25 January 2012, lot 41

Lettering note

Number top right "20"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 116i



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