Siempre sucede. (It always happens); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 8

Drawn and etched about 1820–23; published 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Printer Workshop of Laurenciano (Laureano) Potenciano

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 128, III, 1; Delteil 0127


Platemark: 17.8 x 21.9 cm (7 x 8 5/8 in.) Sheet: 24.3 x 33.3 cm (9 9/16 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and drypoint; posthumous first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Warm black ink, plate-tone. From posthumous first edition (1863), with letters and number, and borderline completed (Harris III, 1). 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. 8: below image, Siempre sucede.


No watermark


Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

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