The Harpist. Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, Realism, 1841-1920). De Madrazo y Garreta studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Léon Cogniet. His remarkable technical ability made him a highly successful portrait and genre painter in a Salon style. As an artist of international standing he commanded premium prices for his work. His 2K fee for painting Secretary Root from life moved the scale for official portraits beyond the traditional modest progressions and into 20th century levels.
Rose Mooney's harp, also known as Carolan's Harp. Since the 19th Century this harp has been claimed to be that of the famous harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738). Ann Heymann has argued that this instrument was in fact played by Rose Mooney (1740 - c.1798). It is badly damaged and crudely repaired at the base. Ireland, late 17th century.