Monday, 27 November 2006

Joaquim de Sousa Leão (Brazil)

Joaquim de Sousa Leão was a distinguished Brazilian historian and diplomat of Portuguese ascendancy.
He wrote on Art and historical subjects being an expert on the Flemish painter Frans Post:
Frans Post 1612-1680, Amsterdam: A.L. Gendt & Co., 1973 & Frans Post, São Paulo, Civilização Brasileira, 1948. Description des tableaux que le Prince Maurice de Nassau a offerts au Roi Louis XIV, p. 94-98.
The arms are those of the ancient Portuguese lineage of Sousas do Prado a royal bastard line but heraldically incorrect, since the bearer had no title to these arms since he was not the lineage chief.
The bookplate was made in England and is signed W.P.B. and dated 1927.
Bibliography: Fausto Moreira Rato, Os Mais Belos Ex-Líbris Heráldico Brasileiros, in «Boletim da Academia Portuguesa de Ex-Líbris», Ano XXXVII, (1992), # 92, Lisboa, 1992, pp. 37-66.

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