JUAN DE INESTROSA
Juan de Hinestrosa was a sculptor who flourished at Seville about 1730. He acquired great reputation in a humble walk of art, by carving various animals in Wood, or modelling them in clay, and then painting them in the proper colours of life, as Cano and Roldan did their more ambitions statuary. Lúcas de Valdés had given him some instructions in painting, of witch he found the benefit in these Works. That he night always have a supply of models at hand, his house was a menagerie of rubbits, lambs, partridges, doves, and other pet birds and beasts. And such was his success in making their portraits, that Clean Bermudez vouches to having seen a partridge of his manufacture pecked at by a living bird of the same feather, a revival and confirmation of the old classical story. His Works were at one time common at Seville, and many of them were purchased by foreigners. Occasionally they found their way into churches. Thus in the church of San Diego there are, or were, two altars, in one of which San Ignatius Loyola was represented, in sculpture, in the cave of Manresa, and the other contained St. Francis Xavier in a similar retreat; and in both cases the rocks which overshadowed these holy men were also a refuge for the conies and other appropriate animals furnished by Hinestrosa, to whom, moreover, was attributed the figure of the apostle of Japan. The grotto of St. Jerome in the collegiate church of San Francisco de Paula was likewise garnished in a similar manner. In spite of his skill, he died at Sevilla in 1765, very poor. To two of his daughters, Doña Columba and Doña Bibiana, he had taught his art, and they maintained themselves by practising it, but in a very inferior style to their parent. A third sister, whose name has not survived, used to color the animals which they modelled.
ANNALS OF THE ARTISTS OF SPAIN by SIR WILLIAM STIRLING-MAXWELL, BARONET. LONDON, MDCCCXCI. 1891.