Sebastián Martínez y Pérez (1747–1800)

Artist: Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)

Date: 1792

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 5/8 x 26 5/8 in. (93 x 67.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.289


This portrait was probably painted just before Goya contracted the illness that caused his deafness and affected him intermittently for the rest of his life. During his convalescence, he spent several months in the sitter's home; their friendship is recorded on the sheet of paper in Martínez's hand, which reads: "Don Sebastián Martínez by his friend Goya 1792." Martínez was a famous collector of books, prints, and paintings. He held the position of chief treasurer of the Finance Committee of Cadiz, a flourishing harbor town linked by trade with England and France.