Que biene el Coco. (The bogeyman is coming); Plate 3 bound into "Los Caprichos"

Que viene el Coco

Drawn and etched 1797–98, published 1799
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 038, II, 1; Delteil 040


Platemark: 21.9 x 15.4 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/16 in.) Sheet: 30.0 x 20.0 cm (11 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and burnished aquatint, pre-publication impression, proof before corrections in title (biene changed to viene)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Proof with letters and number but before corrections (before “biene” changed to “viene”) (H. II, 1).
From a bound pre-publication set of so-called trial proofs (H. II);
Bound in brown sprinkled (mottled) calf with gold letters and decoration. On spine in gold on black: CAPRICH / DE/ GOYA; 31.0 x 21.3; in red slipcase, 31.8 x 22.8 cm


William P. Babcock (1826-1899, born in Boston, lived in Paris, Lugt 207); acquired by bequest to the MFA, 12 June 1900.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock