Con razon ó sin ella. (Rightly or Wrongly); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 2

With or without cause
Whether right or wrong

Drawn and etched about 1810–14; published 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Printer Workshop of Laurenciano (Laureano) Potenciano

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 122, III, 1; Delteil 0121


Platemark: 15 x 20.9 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.) Sheet: 24.3 x 33.3 cm (9 9/16 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, lavis (direct bite), salt or sand aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnishing and scraping; posthumous first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Brown/black ink, plate-tone. Plate bevelled.
From posthumous first edition (1863), with letters and number and borderline added (Harris III, 1). Made in the workshop of Laurenciano Potenciano for the Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, completed March, 1863.

Volume bound in brown morocco, with gold letters on spine: “GOYA/ LOS DESASTRES/ DE LA/ GUERRA” and below, “MADRID/ 1863”. Volume: 25.5 x 36.5 x 3 cm. (10 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.). The sheets are gold tipped. Title page reproduced, P. Hofer, The Disasters of War, N.Y.: Dover, 1967, p. 4. There is a two page introduction.


Engraved l.l. 36, u.l. 2, below image,: Con razon ó sin ella.


No watermark


Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange