Bacchus (The Drunkards)

A False Bacchus Crowning Some Drunkards

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 004, III, 1; Delteil 4


Platemark: 32 x 43.7 cm (12 5/8 x 17 3/16 in.) Sheet: 41.2 x 51.5 cm (16 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching; completed plate, first edition On cream laid SERRA paper with watermark: JOAN

Not On View


Europe, Europe, Prints and Drawings



Completed plate, 18th century impression (H. III, 1 “first edition”).


Etched below image: "Pintura de Don Diego Velazquez con figuras del tamaño natural en el Real Palacio de Madrid, que representa un BACO fingido coronando algunos / borrachos: dibujada y grabada por D. Franciso Goya, Pintor, Año de 1778";
Later inscriptions: l.l. margin in graphite, "P L 237", l. r. margin in graphite: "amn"
Verso, in black ink: "-1180"


Watermark: JOAN;
Ph. Burty (1830-1890), Paris stamp, recto (L. 413); Henry F. Sewall (1816-1896) stamp (L. 1309), verso; Harvey D. Parker Collection, stamp (L. 1870), verso.


Philippe Burty (1830-1890), Paris, stamp (Lugt 413) sale of April 27, 1876 by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, lot 694, Henry F. Sewall (b. 1816–d. 1896), New York (Lugt 870); October 21, 1897, sold by Charles Sewall to the MFA. (Accession date: March 23, 2018)

Henry F. Sewall offered his collection to the MFA for purchase in 1888. That purchase was finalized and executed in 1897, one year after his death.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund