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María Purificación Fernández y Cadenas, dowager Duchess of Canalejas
Carrara marble. 1915
Benlliure Gil, Mariano
María Purificación Fernández y Cadenas, dowager Duchess of Canalejas
Carrara marble. 1915
Benlliure Gil, Mariano

This elegant portrait bust depicts María Purificación Fernández y Cadenas (1884-1965), second wife of the politician José Canalejas. Following his assassination, the Spanish King conceded him the posthumous title of 1st Duke of Canalejas. On the sitter’s gown is a jewel in the form of a ducal coronet, a discreet reference to the title received while the work was being s

Faustina Peñalver y Fauste, dowager Marchioness of Amboage
Carrara marble. 1914
Benlliure Gil, Mariano
Faustina Peñalver y Fauste, dowager Marchioness of Amboage
Carrara marble. 1914
Benlliure Gil, Mariano

Faustina Peñalver y Fauste (1856-1916), second wife of the 1st Marquis of Amboage, Ramón Plá y Monge (1823-1892), was a great admirer of Benlliure, from whom she commissioned various works for her residence on calle Juan Bravo 16 in Madrid, a building that now houses the Italian Embassy.

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