On 26th January1814, Archbishop D. Frei Manuel do Cenáculo Villas Boas died in Évora at the age of 89. The making of the inventory of the contents of his archiepiscopal palace, of the library and museum annexe and of the country palace at Valverde, was begun five days after his death but, owing to the complexity of the work and the inability of the commission to identify and classify the objects, it was suspended. Thus, with the exception of the collection of paintings, the exact contents of the library and museum remained unknown, as well as the vast collection of items in the archiepiscopal palace. In this inventory of more than three hundred pieces, were included drawings and framed prints as well as the paintings, but only those that had been exhibited in the library and museum and had decorated the rooms of the palace. It is the whole of this collection which gave rise the main nucleus of the Museu Regional de Évora, which was created in 1915 by governmental decree.