Disparate Alegre (Merry Folly); from the "Disparates" series, plate 12
Drawn and etched 1815–17; published 1864
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Harris 259, III, 1; Delteil 0213
Platemark: 24.5 x 35 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.) Sheet: 33.5 x 50 cm (13 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching, burnished aquatint, drypoint, and tonal scratching; posthumous first edition
Not On View
Brown/black ink, heavy plate tone, Bevel.
From first posthumous edition, before number (H. III, 1).
Posthumous first edition published 1864 (Madrid, Real Academia de San Fernando). Title page and 18 prints of etching and aquatint, plates bevelled, before the number, and bound in green leather with gold letters, 34.8 x 50.7 cm. Cover inscribed in gold: LOS PROVERBIOS / DON FRANCISCO GOYA. Sheets are moderately textured, medium to moderately heavy, cream wove paper, many with the watermark J.G.O. and/or half-palmette.
The preferred series title “Disparates” (Follies) is derived from manuscript titles containing the word “Disparate” on fourteen of the working proofs, of which this is one. Beruete and others invented titles containing “Disparate” for the rest, except “Modo de volar” (no. 13).
William Bell Scott (no stamp)(1811-1890), England ; W.G. Russell Allen (1882-1955), Boston; bequest to MFA April 1974
Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen