Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly); plate from the "Disparates" (Follies) series, published in "L'Art", 1877
Drawn and etched 1815–17; printed 1877
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Harris 268, II; Delteil 0222; Gassier & Wilson 1603
Sheet: 28 x 38.2 cm (11 x 15 1/16 in.) Platemark not visible; according to Harris: 24.5 x 35 cm (9 5/8 x 13. 3.4)
Medium or Technique
Etching, burnished aquatint, and fine scratches, on Japan tissue; posthumous trial proof
Not On View
Black ink, very light plate tone, before bevel.
Posthumous trial proof before letters on japan tissue, printed by Francois Liénard, for “L’Art”, 1877 (H. II). With additional fine tonal scratches; with scratch on elephant through back to the ear.
This plate and three others (H. 266 [a], 267 [b], and 269 [d]) became separated from the other “Disparates” and were never published in the early posthumous printing or the Academia printing of 1864 with the title “Los Proverbios”. They were instead published for the first time, with some trial proofs in various inks and papers, by the printer Francois Liénard, in the French magazine “L’Art” in 1877.
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 others, except “Modo de Volar” (no. 13).
Verso: Ledger no. (M26207) written in pencil lower corner.
By 1916, Charles E. Goodspeed, Boston; June 1916, gift of Goodspeed to the MFA. (Accession date: March 23, 2018)
Gift of Charles E. Goodspeed