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Mariano Fernandez

Mariano Fernandez


Mariano Fernandez – known as ‘Chorrojumo' - was one of the best known figures of Grenada in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The self-styled ‘Prince of the Gypsies’ made his living escorting tourists around the Alhambra, telling tales of his glorious past, and through the sales of his photographic portraits. He died in 1906.

His name – Chorrojumo – derived from a contraction in the local speech patterns of the words for ‘stream of smoke’.

A pencilled inscription verso in a period hand reads: 'Retrato de Mariano Fernandez, Principe de los Gitanos, servio de modelo al celebre pinto D. Mariano Fortuny' [English: 'Portrait of Mariano Fernandez, Prince of the Gypsies, served as a model for the celebrated painter Don Mariano Fortuny'].

Photographer unidentified.



 

Code: 122431
 
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