It is summer and by moonlight they take the air and get rid of their fleas by touch. (Es herano y a la luna, toman el fresco, y se espulgan / al tiento) [Three Figures Seated at an Open Window] Album B 85 (double-sided drawing, verso B 86 :"Buen Sacerdo
Three Figures Seated at an Open Window (recto, page 85 of double-sided drawing from the "Madrid Sketchbook" (Journal-Album B)
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Gassier & Wilson 443; Gassier I, 88
Sheet: 23.6 x 14.2 - 14.5 cm (9 5/16 x 5 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Double-sided album drawing: Brush and carbon black ink with wash on blued (smalt) white laid paper remnants of pink mount, on verso, Album B 86 Man Pulling Up his Breeches ("Buen Sacerdote...")
Not On View
Recto page 65: Three Figures Seated at an Open Window inscribed es b(h)erano y ala luna, toman el fresco, y se espulgan/ al tiento(IIt is summer and by moonlight they take the air and get rid of their fleas by touch. (b) Verso page 86 Man pulling up his breeches, inscribed Buen sacerdote ¿ donde se ha celebrado?” (Good priest, where was it celebrated?) (64.984b)
(a) Recto:u.r., in carbon black ink: 85."; Below image in pen and brown ink: "es b(h)erano y ala luna, toman el fresco, y se espulgan/ al tiento"
watermark: fragment of Fleur-de-lis
1828, by inheritance to the artist’s son, Javier Goya y Bayeu (b. 1784–d. 1854), Madrid; 1854, by inheritance to his son, Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (b. 1806–d. 1874), Madrid; about 1855–60, sold by Mariano Goya to Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid, and/or Federico de Madrazo y Kunz (b. 1815–d. 1894), Madrid; probably in 1866, given or sold by Madrazo to Scipione Vannutelli, (b. 1834–d. 1894), Rome; by descent to his heirs; Carlo Sestieri (dealer), Rome; 1963, Colnaghi & Co., London; June 5, 1963, sold by Colnaghi & Co. to the MFA.
Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund