Que viene el Coco. (The bogeyman is coming); Caprichos 3

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 038, III; Delteil 040; Gassier & Wilson 455


Platemark: 21.9 x 15.4 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/16 in.) Sheet: 30.5 x 20.0 cm (11 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and burnished aquatint, completed plate, on laid paper; first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Completed plate, with correction of “biene” to “viene”, before bevel, first edition, published 1799 (H. III, 1).
(With scratch on girl’s left elbow.)


Engraved in plate, u.r.: P. 3; b.c. Que viene el Coco


Verso: stamp in brown ink of MFA, Boston (Lugt 282) with ledger number in graphite


By 1913, Francis Bullard (b. 1862 – d. 1913), Boston; 1913, by inheritance to his sister, Katherine Eliot Bullard (b. 1866 – d. 1920), Boston; 1914, gift of Katherine Eliot Bullard to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 23, 2018)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Katherine Eliot Bullard