Ca. 1842. Oil on canvas, 138 x 105 cm.
The portrait of Rafaela Flores Calderón is part of an anthology of Spanish Romantic child portraits. Rafaela leans on a large empty cage while a gray parrot perches on her left hand. In the background a flower garden has a pedestal topped by a large vase on the right. Notable here is the painter's special sensitivity at capturing the model's natural elegance, which recalls English child portraits. The precise drawing and sober palette are emphasized by a few colorful touches, such as the cage and flowers that frame the setting of this girl's portrait. These works were donated by Manuel Flores Calderón to the now-defunct Museum of Modern Art and accepted by Royal Order of 27 May 1911.