A Dwarf in the Court of Philip IV, "El Primo"
The Dwarf, Sebastián de Morra, at the Court of Felipe IV
The Buffoon el Primo
Harris 015, I, 2; Delteil 018; Gassier and Wilson 104
Platemark: 20.5 x 15.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Sheet: 41 x 28.6 cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching, with handwritten inscription in pen over drypoint letters on laid paper; working proof
Out on Loan
On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, October 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Working proof, with artist’s names in drypoint, before engraved letters, before bevel, with handwritten inscription (H. 15, I, 2).
Below image in pen and black ink: "PINTURA D D. DIEGO VELAZQUEZ / Que Representa á un ENANO y esta en el Palazo R.l de Ma.d grabada p.r. / D. Fran.co Goya Pintor á 1778" over in drypoint l.l. "Diego Velazquez" and l.r. F.G.
Recto: later inscriptions in Spanish and English, one attributing hand of inscription to Ceán Bermudez
Verso: in red chalk: "2" and other later notations.
Signed in drypoint in plate l.r.: FG (written over); L.l. in pen and ink: D. Franco Goya Pintor á 1778
Verso: in brown ink, stamp of MFA (Lugt 282)
Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid; 1863, sold by Carderera 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., London and Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA, Boston . (Accession Date: Sept. 13, 1951).
1951 Purchase Fund