Dancing Giant; from the "Disparates" series, (Proverbios plate 4)

Bobalicón (Simpleton)

Drawn and etched 1816–19; printed about 1848–54
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 251, II, 1; Delteil 0205; Gassier & Wilson 1576


Platemark: 24.1 x 35.3 cm (9 1/2 x 13 7/8 in.) Sheet: 27.8 x 39.7 cm (10 15/16 x 15 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis and/or emery stone, tonal scratches, and burin; posthumous impression

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Gray/black ink, clean-wiped, bevel.
Posthumous impression from small edition, printed about 1848-1854, with burnished aquatint, additional etching, lavis, burin, and tonal scratches, scratch at left from back of man to edge (H. II, 1 as “Trial Proof”).

The preferred series title “Disparates” (Follies) is derived from manuscript titles containing the word “Disparate” on fourteen of the working proofs, of which this is one. Beruete and others invented titles containing “Disparate” for the rest, except “Modo de volar” (no. 13).


Verso: MFA stamp in brown ink (Lugt 282) with ledger no. (33687) in graphite


Marcel Guiot et Cie, Paris, from whom purchased by MFA ,(Acccession Date: March 4, 1937).

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund