No se puede saber por que. [No se puede saber por qué.] (There is no way of telling why.); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 35

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 155, III, 1,a; Delteil 0154: Gassier and Wilson 1050

Dimensions

Platemark: 15.4 x 25.6 cm (6 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Sheet: 24.5 x 33.5 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

M21914.35

Medium or Technique

Etching, sulfur tint (?), burnished lavis, drypoint, and burin; posthumous first edition

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Brown ink, plate-tone. Bevel
From posthumous first edition (1863), with letters and number (Harris III, 1, a). 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.

Inscription

Engraved, u.l. 35, l.l., 2(barely visible), b.c. No se puede saber por que.

Markings

No watermark

Provenance

Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

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