No se puede mirar. (One can't look.); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 26.

One Can't Look (No se puede mirar.) Disasters of War 26

about 1811–1812
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 146; Delteil 145; Gassier & Wilson 1037


Platemark: 14.5 x 21 cm (5 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.) Sheet: 22.6 x 31.6 cm (8 7/8 x 12 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, direct etching or fine grain aquatint with burnishing, textural etching, and drypoint (working proof)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Black ink. No bevel.
Working proof, before printed title below and and number “26” at u..l. (H. I, 3).


Upper right in graphite pencil: 26; lower left in etching: 27


Verso: MFA stamp in brown ink (Lugt 282)


1863, sold by Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid, to Sir William Stirling Maxwell (b. 1818–d. 1878), Keir House, Scotland; 1878, by inheritance to his son, Brigadier General Archibald Stirling (b. 1867–d. 1931), Keir House; 1931, by inheritance to his son, Lieutenant Colonel William Joseph Stirling (b. 1911–d. 1983), Keir House; September 13, 1951, sold by William Joseph Stirling, through Colnaghi & Co. and Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund