Indecision; from the "Disparates" series, plate 16
Drawn and etched about 1815–17; printed about 1848
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
Harris 263, II, 1; Delteil 0217
Platemark: 24.2 x 35.7 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.) Sheet: 26.4 x 37.5 cm (10 3/8 x 14 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching, burnished aquatint, and lavis or emery stone; posthumous impression, trial proof.
Not On View
Gray/black ink, Bevel
Posthumous impression from pre-publication bound set of 18 prints (printed about 1848). Bound in tan paper with the inscription “GOYA / Los Proverbios / Madrid hacia 1848”. Sheets are uniformly slightly textured, medium, grayish cream wove, 26.4 x 40.1 cm (H. II, 1).
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).
l.r. in red chalk(not Goya), "16"; b.c., graphite cataloguing notations and descriptions
About 1928, Emil Hirsch (dealer; b. 1866 – d. 1954) Munich and New York; by 1950, sold by Hirsch, or by his son-in-law, Hellmuth Wallach (dealer; b. 1901 – d. 1989), Munich and New York, to Philip Hofer (b. 1898 – d. 1984), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1973 , sold by Philip Hofer, through R. M. Light, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1973)
 There is a note on the flyleaf for this set of prints (MFA accession nos. 1973.701.1-18) in Philip Hofer’s hand that reads: "Bought years ago - ca. 1928 – Emil Hirsch in Munich". It is unclear precisely what Hofer’s note means. Hirsch was a Jewish rare book dealer in Munich, who was forced to close his business in May of 1937. He immigrated to the United States in 1938. His son-in-law, Hellmuth Wallach, likewise a dealer, fled Munich in 1937 and worked with Hirsch (at Emil Hirsch Rare Books and Prints) in New York beginning in 1938. According to Emanuel von Baeyer, The Hellmuth Wallach Collection: From the Master of the Tarocchi Cards to Manet (London, 2016), p. 122, Wallach sold the set of prints to Philip Hofer. Hofer first lent them to the MFA in 1950.
Bequest of Horatio Greenough Curtis and the Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange