Portillo, Juan de

Active 1542-1566

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Juan de Portillo M P0263

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
vihuela strings cuerdas (inst. strings) Violero Artisan Urban Maker Maker (violero) Violero (inst maker)

Years active Place active Century Region
1542-1566 Toledo 16cent/2/mid Castilla
Biographical information

reynaudPT, p. 398: AHPT leg 1921, fol 203. 1566.03.26. Inventario de Juan de Portillo, violero. Inventory includes two vihuelas in his house and several “cancioneros”
reynaudPT, p. 404: In 1542 Juan de Portillo rents a shop from violero Diego de Medina for 1000 mrs and 3 pairs of chickens. Three years later (1545) he sublets from violero Alonso de Pineda , probably larger, for 3000 mrs/yr. In 1548, in company of Francisco Tofino, he is a guarantor to a lease by fellow violero Bernal de Mena. In 1553 he must have been at the height of his production. 1553.05.05 he buys 175 gross of fine strings of pig gut [25,200 strings] for vihuelas for 9000 mrs from merchant Juan de la Puebla which he will pay in three annual installments. [These strings would probably last for the 3-year period and average .36 mrs/string] In 1556 he owed 1125 mrs to the priest of the church of San Sebastián, Francisco Tofino is his guarantor. He died in 1566. His wife Ana de Velasco and his father Alonso de Portillo send to a courier to Valladolid to bring back his belongings “parmi lesquels’ two vihuelas and two cancioneros [AHPT 1921, f 203, 1566.03.26] • [reynaudPT, p. 416] details of financial dealings - loans

romanillos2002, p. 311, reiterates Reynaud

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Source documents
Date Document
1575.06.20 María de Tofiño, will.
1566.03.26 Inventory of Juan de Portillo, violero.

Ref Author Item Pages
reynaudPT Reynaud, François. La Polyphonie tolédane et son milieu des premiers témoignages aux environs de 1600. Paris: CNRS, 1996. 398
romanillos2002 Romanillos, José Luis and Marian Harris Winspear. The Vihuela de mano and the Spanish Guitar: A Dictionary of the Makers of Plucked and Bowed Musical Instruments of Spain (1200-2002). Guijosa (Guadalajara): Sanguino Press, 2002. 311