Aesop

Probably after the etching (Delteil 16, Harris 13) after painting by Velazquez

about 1778
Probably after Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), After Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)


Catalogue Raisonné

Gassier and Wilson 102; not in Gassier

Dimensions

Sheet: 31.2 x 21.2 cm (12 5/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.695

Medium or Technique

Pen and black and brown inks on dark cream laid paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Inscription

Verso, in brown ink: "Original drawing by Goya for his etching bought by me at a sale of Spanish engravings at Christie & Mansons March 14, 1853. C Morse" graphite: "32A"; black chalk: "8" in circle (inscriptions not by Goya)

Markings

Watermark: lower part of a shield with a lily

Provenance

March 14, 1853, sale, Sotheby's, London. Morse Collection. Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (b. 1818 - d. 1878), Keir, Scotland; by descent to his grandson, William Joseph Stirling (b. 1911 - d. 1983), Keir; 1951, sold by Stirling to Colnaghi, London; 1951, sold by Colnaghi to Philip Hofer (b. 1898 – d. 1984), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1974, sold by Hofer, through R. M. Light (dealer), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1974)

NOTES: [1] Hofer’s collection of Goya prints and drawings was first offered to the MFA on June 13, 1973.

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick J. Kennedy Memorial Foundation