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A pencilled inscription verso in a period hand identifies the matador as 'Rafael Molina / Lagartijo'.

Rafael Molina Sánchez (1841-1900), known professionally as ‘Lagartijo’, was the son of ‘Niño de Dios’ and the nephew of ‘El Poleo’. His sponsor [apoderao] was ‘El Gordito’.

Born in Córdoba on 27 November 1841, his first fight was in 1851, when he was nine years old. He became a full bullfighter in 1865. During his career he took part in 1632 bullfights and killed 4867 bulls. He was seriously gored seven times. He died in Córdoba on 1 August 1900.

Photographed by J. Laurent of Madrid.

Code: 122425
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