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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Portraits

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Subject Book Volume Page Date Description
Portraits 1
175 2/18/1774 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners agreed to order a velvet portiere trimmed with gold lace, to be made; also a portrait of His Majesty and one of the Prince of Asturias. On page 182, a bill is presented for making a picture of His Majesty.
Portraits 1
220 8/5/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – It was recalled that in a previous session it was agreed to place in this chamber a picture of the King. Finding it convenient, other pictures will be placed in other chambers, paying for them out of the city funds.
Portraits 4 I 145 8/19/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – It was resolved at this time to paint the portrait of the Governor (Carondelet) which portrait shall be placed, with a flourish of trumpets and drums, in the Chambers of the Cabildo. (See also “Canals.”)
Portraits 4 II 4 7/21/1797 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Commissioners, anticipating the early completion of the Cabido Building, and wishing to express to Don Andres Almonaster y Rojas their gratitude for having made this building possible, and for the gifts of the Cathedral, the Chapel of the Ursuline Nuns, the Charity Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, and the Priests’ House, resolved to have his portrait made and placed in the Chambers of the Cabildo, with an inscription of his deeds of generosity. At the same time Almonaster presented his family’s Coat of Arms and a certificate from the King’s Chronicler certifying to the nobility of his ancestry and the antiquity of his lineage, which he ordered returned to him after being recorded and filed.

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