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Count Eusebi Güell and Bacigalupi (1846-1918) of Victor Moya-Museu d'Histoire de la Ciutat-Barcelona.

Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, deputy for Güell (Barcelona, ​​December 15, 1846 / July 8, 1918) was a Spanish industrialist and politician, known for being the godfather of the modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.

the biography

His father was Joan Güell i Ferrer (1800-1872), born in Torredembarra, an "indiano" who made a huge fortune in Cuba and developed various industries upon his return to Barcelona. In 1840 he founded the El Vapor Vell factory in Sants and obtained the exclusive right to manufacture velveteen in Spain. His mother was rancesca Bacigalupi I Dolcet, descended from a Genoese family settled in the capital city since the end of the 18th century, who died after giving birth to Eusebi.

In addition to his father, he created new companies in the most promising sectors of the time. Due to his family situation, he studied law, economics and applied sciences in Barcelona, ​​France and England. He joined Ferran Alsina and both founded a velvet factory, located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, base of the future Güell colony (1891). In 1901, he founded Asland Pavement and Portland General (Castellar de n'Hug) and was an advisor to some of his family members, such as Hispano-Colonial Bank, Plillipines Tobacco, Spanish Transatlantic and North Spanish. Company of the iron roads. He was also involved, with the family of Count Romanones, in the Spanish mining company Rif, where his son, Antoni Güell López, was vice president.
He was involved in politics and vast cultural domains. In 1875 he was elected city councilor of Barcelona, ​​representative of the province in 1878, and senator. Because of his love for Catalan culture, he was president of "Jocs Florals" (1900) and member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. George, and president of the center "Català". He also sponsored the Catalan Tourism Tour Association and the periodic publication "La Renaixensa". He has published various works on various disciplines, translated into many languages. It is worth mentioning his scientific work "Immunity by leucomaines (1886)". ) - and he was a pretty acceptable draftsman and watercolourist. <

In 1878, he met Gaudí after admiring a showcase of the Comella gloves factory that the architect exhibited at the Paris World Fair.

A long friendship and a productive professional relationship began, the industrial being the main patron of the architect. As a result, its name is known around the world, with works such as the Crypt of the Güell Colony, the Güell Palace, the Güell Wine Cellars.
In 1871, he married the daughter of the Marquis of Comillas'eldest, Luisa Isabel López Bru (1851-1924), with whom he had ten children: Isabel, Maria Lluísa, Joan Antoni, Maaria Cristina, Eusebi, Claudi, Santiago, Francesca, Josefina and Mercè.
In 1908, King Alfonso XIII appointed Count Eusebi Güell Güell for his contribution to the economic growth of Spain. He also named Güell's youngest sons, Viscount and Baron. In gratitude, they passed to the monarchy the royal palace of Pedralbes, an old state of family.
Eusebi Güell died on July 8, 1918 in his home in Güell Park (Barcelona) at the age of 72.


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