Born at Seville A.D. 1594, died A.D. 1660, aged 66. This distinguished painter of the Spanish school studied under Francesco Herrera the elder, . . . subsequently he entered the school of Francisco Pacheco under whom he displayed great talents. . . . DESCRIPTION. This splendid picture is supposed to be the portrait of one of the Secretaries to Pope Innocent X. The penetrating eye, and shrewd intelligent character of the countenance, are painted to life; on the middle finger of the left hand he supports his cap, while his right hand rests by the thumb in the black vestment which is suspended from his left shoulder. The flesh exhibits every variety of tint, harmoniously blended, and the masterly manner in which the hands are painted and drawn, cannot fail to excite the admiration of every beholder. This picture is a fine display of this great painter's knowledge of the principles of chiaroscuro; the splendour of the colouring and correctness of drawing was never surpassed by any master, and it may be regarded as a perfect model of Portrait painting. [Pp. 10-11.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.