Que se rompe la cuerda. (The rope is fraying); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 77 (one of the "caprichos enfáticos")

Drawn and etched about 1814–15; published 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Printed by Workshop of Laurenciano (Laureano) Potenciano

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 197, III, 1; Delteil 0196


Platemark: 17.5 x 22 cm (6 7/8 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, lavis or burnished aquatint (sulfur tint?), burin and burnisher; posthumous first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



In First Edition, as 17th in set
From posthumous first edition (1863), with title, borderline complete, burin, and burnishing (Harris III, 1). Made in the workshop of Laurenciano Potenciano for the Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, completed March, 1863.

Volume bound in brown morocco, with gold letters on spine: “GOYA/ LOS DESASTRES/ DE LA/ GUERRA” and below, “MADRID/ 1863”. Volume: 25.5 x 36.5 x 3 cm. (10 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.). The sheets are gold tipped. Title page reproduced, P. Hofer, The Disasters of War, N.Y.: Dover, 1967, p. 4. There is a two page introduction.


J fragment of O and half-palmette


Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange