Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly); plate from the "Disparates" (Follies) series, published in "L'Art", 1877

Drawn and etched 1815–17; printed 1877
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 268, II; Delteil 0222


Sheet: 28 x 38.2 cm (11 x 15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, burnished aquatint, and fine scratches; posthumous trial proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Black ink, very light plate tone, before bevel.
Posthumous trial proof before letters on japan tissue, printed by Francois Liénard, for “L’Art”, 1877 (H. II). With additional fine tonal scratches; with scratch on elephant through back to the ear.

This plate and three others (H. 266 [a], 267 [b], and 269 [d]) became separated from the other “Disparates” and were never published in the early posthumous printing or the Academia printing of 1864 with the title “Los Proverbios”. They were instead published for the first time, with some trial proofs in various inks and papers, by the printer Francois Liénard, in the French magazine “L’Art” in 1877.

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 others, except “Modo de Volar” (no. 13).


Charles Goodspeed
Date acquired, 6/1/1916 [exact to month]

Credit Line

Gift of Charles E. Goodspeed