Los Caprichos

Drawn and etched, 1797–98; published 1799
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Text by Victoriano de Parra (Spanish, 19th century)


Place of Publication: Madrid, Spain

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 036-115; Delteil 038-117

Dimensions

Volume: 21.3 x 15.5 x 4.5 cm (8 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2002.495

Medium or Technique

Bound set of eighty etching and aquatints, first edition containing contemporary manuscript introduction, title and plate explanations (Madrid: 1799) Octavo; 167 leaves [title page, 5 ll. text, part title, 160 ll. (alternating print titles and mounted prints)]; contemporary gilt-stamped marbled brown calf (cream-colored archival box). The prints trimmed to image and mounted on laid paper.

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Bound sets

(Madrid: 1799) Octavo; 167 leaves [title page, 5 ll. text, part title, 160 ll. (alternating print titles and mounted prints)]; contemporary gilt-stamped marbled brown calf (cream-colored archival box).

The plate explanations are attributed to either of two former owners, Victoriano de Parra or Sanchez-Gerona (cf. Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Goya in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 2016m p. 288.


Madrid: 1799

Provenance

Victoriano de Parra (?); José Sanchez-Gerona (1824-1927), Granada and Madrid. Artemis Fine Arts, Ltd. London; 1983 to Eleanor A. Sayre, Cambridge, MA; her bequest to MFA Oct. 23, 2002.

Credit Line

Bequest of Eleanor A. Sayre