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Portrait of the Countess of Canal

Artist/maker unknown, Mexican

Made in Mexico, North and Central America

19th century

Oil on canvas

25 3/16 x 20 inches (64 x 50.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. René d'Harnoncourt, 1969

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This portrait of the Countess of Canal-staring directly at the viewer, wearing simple yet elegant attire, and holding a cigarette-can be seen as a nineteenth-century precursor to Frida Kahlo's iconic self-portraits. It represents a style of portraiture adopted by many Mexican artists in the nineteenth century, such as José María Estrada (1811-1862).