Historical Notes: Francisco de Moncada was a Spanish general, diplomat, and author in the service of the Infanta Isabella and later envoy to the Court of Ferdinand II. Moncada was acting Governor in Flanders when Van Dyck painted a large equestrian portrait with horse and rider, moving forward, in a landscape setting in 1634. The original portrait now hangs in the Louvre.
In February 1818, Jefferson wrote to his friend Count Dugnani, thanking him for the "two exquisite engravings of Belisarius and Moncada, chef d'oeuvres of that art, which, placed among the ornaments of my house, renew to me daily the memory of your friendship."Dugnani sent Jefferson the engravings by way of two Americans who had been studying in Rome.
According to his Catalogue of Paintings at Monticello (c. 1809-1815), Jefferson hung the prints of Moncada and Belisarius in the Tea Room. He made the special notation that the engraving of Moncada was "a print remarkable for its execution." It most likely hung on one of the wall spaces to either side of the arch, yet because it would be almost impossible for visitors to see it in that location today, the print is currently exhibited in the Dining Room.
Jefferson's print of Moncada was sold at the 1827 Dispersal Sale to Joseph Coolidge for $27.00. Its whereabouts are unknown.
↑ This article is based on the A.M.S./S.M.O. Monticello Research Report, March 1, 1995.