Por una nabaja. [Por una navaja.] (For [carrying] a knife); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 34

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 154, III, 1, a; Delteil 0153; Gassier and Wilson 1049


Platemark: 15.7 x 20.8 cm (6 3/16 x 8 3/16 in.) Sheet: 24.5 x 33.5 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, drypoint, burin, and burnishing; posthumous first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Brown ink, plate-tone. Bevel.
Impression with title “por una nabaja” later corrected to “por una navaja”.

From posthumous first edition (1863), with letters and number, with borderline, before correction in letters (b to j of navaja) (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.


Engraved, u.l. 34, l.l, 1(uninked), bc: "por una navaba"


No watermark


Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

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