Magnificent full-body depiction of José Miguel de Carvajal, Vargas y Manrique, Duke of San Carlos, who was loyal to Ferdinand VII throughout his life. The king rewarded him by making him the second authority in the kingdom. Over time, he was an ambassador in Paris and Vienna, as well as Secretary of State, Governor of the Bank of Spain (Banco de España), and Head of the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española). Francisco Goya depicts him dressed in a black formal outfit decorated with gold braid and medals. His weight is supported by a baton and his stance is eminently suitable for a royal representative.
The composition uses a low perspective and showcases the painter's expert loose brushwork. It is on deposit from the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation (Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro).