No se puede saber por qué. (There is no way of telling why); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 35.

Drawn and etched about 1810–143
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 155, I, 2; Delteil 0154


Platemark: 15.4 x 25.6 cm (6 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Sheet: 22 x 31.3 cm (8 11/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, sulfur tint (?), burnished lavis, and drypoint; working proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Working proof, before engraved letters and numbers, before additional drypoint, before burin (H. I, 2).


No watermark


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