Francisco de Goya
Don Antonio Noriega
oil on canvas
102.6 x 80.9 cm (40 3/8 x 31 7/8 in)
Purchased from a private collector in Madrid by Freiherr Ferdinand Eduard von Stumm [1843-1925], while he was ambassador of the German Empire to the court of Madrid, 1887-1892;  (his estate sale, Günther Deneke Auktionhaus, Berlin, 4 October 1932, 19, no. 87); (Wildenstein & Co., Paris and New York);  sold 1955 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1961 to NGA.  August L. Mayer, "The Portrait of Don Antonio Noriega by Goya," Apollo 22 (1935): 49. The dates of Stumm's appointment as ambassador to Madrid are established by Almanach de Gotha (1890)127: 680 and Almanach de Gotha (1892)129: 786.  Mrs. Ay-Whang Hsia, Vice President of Wildenstein & Co., New York, letter of 14 September 1988 in NGA curatorial files.  A letter dated 8 February 1955 from Wildenstein & Co. to the Kress Foundation outlines the agreement for the sale of two paintings and a bronze figure (copy in NGA curatorial files). One of the paintings was Portrait of Don Antonio Nortega[sic] by Goya.