Qué alborato es este? (What is this hubbub?); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 65.

What is this commotion?

Drawn and etched about 1814–15
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 185, I, 2; Delteil 0184


Platemark: 18 x 22.1 cm (7 1/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Sheet: 22 x 30.3 cm (8 11/16 x 11 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and burin, working proof on laid paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Working proof, before title, before additional burin, before burnished aquatint/lavis (sulphur tint?) (H. I, 2). Laid paper with SERRA 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