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Luis de la Cruz y Rios (1776-1853)-Attrib. "King Carlos IV of Spain"; fine miniature, 1805/08
Price: 2000 EUR
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On view here is a very good quality miniature portrait of King Carlos IV of Spain (1748-1819; CLICK HERE). It shows the King shortly before his abdication in 1808. After comparing our portrait miniature with works by well-known Spanish portrait painter and miniaturist of the same epoch, Luis de la Cruz y Rios, we believe that it is very likely one of his authentic creations.
Luis (Luis Gonzago Paulino) de la Cruz y Rios (1776 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife - 1853 Antequera) was a son of painter and woodcutter Manuel de la Cruz. His received his first lessons in art from his father. In 1784 he began his 3-year-long study with painter Juan de Miranda. From 1795 to 1810 (sic!) he worked in his own studio in the town of his birth. On the 14th of January 1800 he was appointed Lieutenant of the artillery company of provincial militia. Between 1801-1808 he took part in numerous combats on the Canary Islands.
In 1808 he was elected Mayor of Puerto de la Cruz. In 1811-1815 he maintained a studio in La Laguna. In 1815, after retiring from military, he moved to Madrid.
On the 25th of January 1816 King Ferdinand VII appointed him a Royal Artist. Despite numerous commissions he was never granted a fixed income by the Court.
In 1818 Pope Pius VII conferred him with the Order of the Golden Spur.
In 1823, due to impending repressions (he took part in a conspiracy) he was forced to flee to France, yet was able to return to Madrid already in the same year.
In 1825 he received the Order of St. Michael from King Charles X of France.
The end of 1827 marked the beginning of his career as an official: he worked in Seville for six years.
In 1833 King Ferdinand VII awarded him the Order of Isabella and appointed him Honorary Secretary.
In 1834 he began working as an official for the Customs of Cadiz.
In 1838 Queen Isabella II granted him a permission to settle in Malaga.
The oeuvre of Luis de la Cruz y Rios mostly consists of portraits (large oil paintings or miniatures). In his "Tenerife period" he mostly portrayed local aristocracy, clergy and wealthy merchants. After 1815 the artist concentrated on portraying the Royal Family and a number of courtiers.
Provenance: private collection, Vienna
Creation Year: 1805/08
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Luis de la Cruz y Rios
Creator Dates: 1776 Puerto de la Cruz-1853 Antequera
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