Con razon ó sin ella. (Rightly or wrongly); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 2.
Whether right or wrong
With or without cause
Drawn and etched about 1810–14; whole series first published posthumously 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Harris 122, II, 1; Delteil 0121
Platemark: 15 x 20.9 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.) Sheet: 25.5 x 35.5 cm (10 1/16 x 14 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching, lavis (direct bite) over sand or salt aquatint, drypoint, scraping, and burnishing; posthumous trial proof
Not On View
Red/ Black ink, plate tone, no bevel
Posthumous trial proof with final number, with burin and additional drypoint, before letters of title and before borderline (H. II, 1).
Mounted in an album of posthumous trial proofs, printed 1862; bound in brown marbled (?) calf with gold letters and decoration. On spine: “LOS/ DESASTRES/ DE/ LA GUERRA/ POR/ F. GOYA” and below, “MADRID/ 1810”. On front cover: Decorative cartouche with the letters: C A N C F O R W A R D. On back cover: Gold decoration of interwoven circles with Latin mottos (?), surrounded by “NON · MORTALE · QUOD · OPTO”. 42.5 x 34.5 x 5.5 cm.
The album sheets are red tipped. The album paper is cream wove.
Inside front cover is large bookplate of William Stirling, the sticker of Frances Hofer and various cataloguing notes in graphite that continue onto first flyleaf (the notes are by P. Hofer and E. A. Sayre and others).
Title page, printed vertically:
LOS DESASTRES DE LA GUERRA / COLECCION DE LAMINAS / INVENTADAS Y GRABADAS AL AGUAFUERTE. / POR / DON FRANCISCO GOYA. / MADRID / 1810
Tipped in on next two fly leaves are notes by William Stirling (1864) and Archibald Stirling (1925) on blue writing paper.
Engraved l.l: 36 in graphite u.r. within pm.: 2, below image, outside pm.: Con razon ó sin ella.
Various later cataloguing inscriptions in graphite on mount; some ascribed to C. Dodgson.
Charles Blanc; bought for 20 pounds from Colnaghi, April 1863 by William Stirling, Keir (later Stirling-Maxwell); Archibald Stirling; Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA; purchased through R. M. Light, Boston, June 12, 1974 (original vote June 13, 1973).
Museum purchase with funds donated by Robert Storr and by exchange from the bequest of William Perkins Babcock