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Portrait of Governor Manuel Armijo

Portrait of Governor Manuel Armijo

Artist: Alfred S. Waugh (1810 - 1856)

Subject: Manuel Armijo (c. 1793 - 1853)

Department: History
Date: 1846
Medium: pastel
Sheet: 25 1/2 × 21 1/2 in. (64.8 × 54.6 cm)
Frame: 28 1/2 × 24 × 1 1/2 in. (72.4 × 61 × 3.8 cm)
Classification: Communication Artifacts
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase
Object number: PC1998.22.51
DescriptionPastel portrait of the last Mexican governor of Nuevo Mexico, Manuel Armijo, pastel on paper, in its original frame.

This portrait is the only image of the last Mexican Period governor of New Mexico where he is portrayed in full figure. According to information researched by Ward Alan Minge and Marc Simmons, the portrait is one of two. One was made by the Mexican government and its location isn't known; the duplicate was made for Armijo and passed down through the family. This one is the family portrait.

Alfred S. Waugh (of Irish descent) left Independence MO in June 1846 and arrived during the fiesta of St. John the Baptist on June 24. Armijo died in Lemitar in 1853.

Not on view
Label Text:Alfred S. Waugh, French
Portrait of Governor Manuel Armijo, ca. 1846
Photographer: David Nufer.
Museum purchase, 1995 Government Obligation Bonds.

General Manuel Armijo (c. 1793-1853) is depicted in full dress as civilian and military governor—ultimately, the last Mexican governor—of New Mexico. In 1846, the United States military under General Stephen Watts Kearney invaded New Mexico and acquired it as U.S. territory.

Collector Tony Garcia purchased the pastel from Bill Griffith of Socorro, who bought it in Lemitar, the location of Armijo's home after the U.S.-Mexican War. From there it passed into the capable hands of historian Ward Alan Minge. It is the only known full-length portrait of the General.