Disparate Cruel (Cruel Folly); from the "Disparates" series, plate 6

Drawn and etched about 1815–17
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 253, I, 2; Delteil 0207


Platemark: 24.5 x 35.5 cm (9 5/8 x 14 in.) Sheet: 32 x 43.3 cm (12 5/8 x 17 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint; contemporary working proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Brown ink, plate tone(?) Slight bevel at top.
Contemporary working proof, before bevel (?) (H. I, 2 - no examples known to Harris).

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).


MS inscription in brown ink, above right: 3; below: title.
Signed 1.1. vertically, in etching, "Goya", in brown ink, in Goya's hand, u.r: "3", b.c., within pm.: "Disparate Cruel", 1.1. in graphite later notations.


W.G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955), Boston; his bequest to MFA April 1974

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen