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
un ENANO

1778
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), After Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 015, I, 2; Delteil 018; Gassier and Wilson 104

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

51.1719

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

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Working proof, with artist’s names in drypoint, before engraved letters, before bevel, with handwritten inscription (H. 15, I, 2).

Inscription

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

Signed in drypoint in plate l.r.: FG (written over); L.l. in pen and ink: D. Franco Goya Pintor á 1778

Markings

Verso: in brown ink, stamp of MFA (Lugt 282)

Provenance

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).

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund