The Viceroy of Peru sends casta paintings to Spain, 1770

English Translation
From the Viceroy of Perú. Number 324. Honored Sir—Desiring with the greatest eagerness to contribute to the formation of the collection (gavinete) of Natural History that our Serene Prince of Asturias has taken an interest in, I believe that these will contribute more than a little to his enlightenment, as they represent one of the main branches of all the rare products that these dominions have to offer. They show the noteworthy changes of the appearance, figure and skin color that arise from successive generations of mixing of Indians and blacks, which usually are accompanied by the inclinations and qualities of each type in a proportionate measure. Following this idea, I ordered that twenty canvases be copied and sent, and at this opportunity, I ordered them to be shipped with the fleet. I will continue to investigate these combinations until the end, if they have one. May our King and Lord see fit to accept these modest displays of my humble devotion, delivered by the hand of Your Excellency. So that the order of the gradations of the offspring in these paintings may be better understood, it may serve as a key that the son or daughter that appears as a child of the marriage in one painting, is either, according to their gender, the father or mother in the one that follows, and so on through the third, and the same proportions follow in all the rest, to the end of the series which I had copied.

May Our Lord grant Your Excellency many years. Lima, May 13th, 1770—Most excellent Sire—Kisses the Hand of Your Excellency your Most Humble and Loyal Servant Don Manuel Amat.

Most Excellent Sire Beato Father Don Julián de Arriaga

In the margin: "I send twenty cloth paintings that represent the different figures resulting from the mixing of the Indians and the Blacks to the Collection (Gavinete) of Natural History of the Most Serene Prince, Our Lord."

On the reverse: "Have this (note) in your own hand when they arrive, so they can be presented to His Highness."
   

Spanish Original
El Virrey del Perú.— No. 324.— Exmo. Señor.— Deseando con mi mayor anhelo contribuir a la formación del Gavinete de Historia Natural en que se halla empeñando nuestro Serenísimo Príncipe de las Asturias: he creído que no conduce poco a su Illustración, por ser uno de los ramos principales. De raras producciones que ofrecen estos Dominios, la notable mutación de aspecto, figura y color, que resulta en las subcesivas generaciones. De la mezcla. De indios y Negros, a que suelen acompañar proporcionalmente las inclinaciones y propiedades: Con esta idea mandé hacer copiar y remitir los Veinte Lienzos, en ocasión van en partida De Registro: y continuaré apurando estas convinaciones hasta el fin, si es que lo tienen: mereciendo alguna aceptación de nro Príncipe y Señor, por mano de V. E. este humilde brote de mi rendida inclinación: para cuya más clara inteligencia Del orden con que van graduadas las descendencias por números, deve servir de clave que el hijo o hija que aparece representado en el primer matrimonio es según su sexo padre o madre en el segundo: Y los de este en el tercero y a esta misma proporción en los Demás hasta el último de los que por ahora van copiados.

Nuestro Señor gue a V.E. muchos años. Lima 13 de Mayo de 1770.—Exmo. Señor.—B.L.M. de V.E. su más V.d V.e S.o S.r D. Manuel de Amat. Exmo. Sr. B.o Fr. D. Julián de Arriaga.

Al margen: "Remite 20 lienzos que representan distintas figuras dimanadas de la mezcla de Indios y Negros con destino al Gavinete de Ha Nal del Serenísimo Príncipe Nuestro Señor."

Detrás: "Téngase a la mano p.a quando lleguen, para presentarles a S.A."
   








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