“VISÁN”; SÁNCHEZ LÓPEZ, Vicente (La Habana, Cuba,1950 - 2007). “Moroccan Tea seller" ("Vendedor de té”). Oil on canvas. Signed on low left. Measurements: 55 x 46 cm. Autor referenciado en el Catálogo Nacional de Arte 99/00, pág. 447, y 01/05, pág. 391 (Barcelona; Ediciones de Arte Anuart).
At first sight, this painting is an exotic and rather subtle version of what must have been a fairly common Victorian domestic drama. In a Turkish interior, a rich Persian is upbraiding his shifty-looking servants, having been presented with alarmingly high household bills. For some unexplained reason, Lewis does not indicate that it is also a portrait of Prince Hulugu Mirza, the cousin of the reigning Shah of Persia.