If He Broke the Pitcher (Si quebró el Cantaro.) Caprichos 25

Si quebró el Cantaro. (Yes he broke the pot); Caprichos 25

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 060, I, 2; Delteil 062: G&W 0500


Platemark: 20.5 x 15 cm (8 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 29 x 19.6 cm (11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint with tonal scratches (working proof)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Working proof, before letters and additional drypoint, with handwritten numbers (by Goya?). The drypoint here on woman’s forehead not described by Harris (H. 60, I, 2).


Upper left in brown ink: [illegible]; upper right in brown ink: 1 [within pm] and p 25.
Later inscriptions: U.r. in graphite: 25: Verso in graphite: 1st state before letters (Delteil # 62) [Hofer' hand];




Lower left margin: blind embossed collector’s stamp of M. Ballester (Lugt 1860b); MFA collection stamp (Lugt 282) with accession no. in graphite: 1973.711


Joaquín Ballester y Ballester (b. 1740–d. 1808), Valencia; by descent within the family to Mariano Ballester, Spain (1916-1981); after 1946 Ballester collection dispersed in Paris: P. Prouté, Paris; ? March 1953 Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984) and his wife, Frances L. Hofer (b. 1908–d. 1978), Cambridge, MA; 1974, sold by Mr. and Mrs. Hofer, through R. M. Light (dealer), Boston, to the MFA. (original vote June 13, 1973)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Welch and the H. E. Bolles Fund, by exchange