Lo peor es pedir. (The worst is to beg); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 55.

Drawn and etched about 1812–14
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 175, I, 2; Delteil 0174

Dimensions

Platemark: 15.6 x 20.8 cm (6 1/8 x 8 3/16 in.) Sheet: 22.2 x 32 cm (8 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

51.1676

Medium or Technique

Etching, burnished lavis, and burnisher; working proof

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Working proof, before final number, title, before removal of lavis from edges (H. I, 2).

Markings

No watermark

Provenance

1863, sold by Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid, to Sir William Stirling Maxwell (b. 1818–d. 1878), Keir House, Scotland; 1878, by inheritance to his son, Brigadier General Archibald Stirling (b. 1867–d. 1931), Keir House; 1931, by inheritance to his son, Lieutenant Colonel William Joseph Stirling (b. 1911–d. 1983), Keir House; September 13, 1951, sold by William Joseph Stirling, through Colnaghi & Co. and Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund