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Se aprovechan. (They take advantage); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 16.

They avail themselves

Drawn and etched about 1810–14; whole series first published posthumously 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 136, II; Delteil 135

Dimensions

Platemark: 16.2 x 23.7 cm (6 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.) Sheet: 26 x 35 cm (10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1973.732.16

Medium or Technique

Etching, lavis, drypoint, burin, and burnisher; posthumous trial proof

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Posthumous trial, with numbers, before letters of title, with title in graphite (H. II).

Mounted in an album of posthumous trial proofs, printed 1862; bound in brown marbled (?) calf with gold letters and decoration. On spine: “LOS/ DESASTRES/ DE/ LA GUERRA/ POR/ F. GOYA” and below, “MADRID/ 1810”. On front cover: Decorative cartouche with the letters: C A N C F O R W A R D. On back cover: Gold decoration of interwoven circles with Latin mottos (?), surrounded by “NON · MORTALE · QUOD · OPTO”. 42.5 x 34.5 x 5.5 cm.
The album sheets are red tipped. The album paper is cream wove.
Inside front cover is large bookplate of William Stirling, the sticker of Frances Hofer and various cataloguing notes in graphite that continue onto first flyleaf (the notes are by P. Hofer and E. A. Sayre and others).
Title page, printed vertically:
LOS DESASTRES DE LA GUERRA / COLECCION DE LAMINAS / INVENTADAS Y GRABADAS AL AGUAFUERTE. / POR / DON FRANCISCO GOYA. / MADRID / 1810
Tipped in on next two fly leaves are notes by William Stirling (1864) and Archibald Stirling (1925) on blue writing paper.

Inscription

Etched l.l. Goya; engraved, u.l., 16(6 in rev. very pale); u.r. within pm in graphite: 16;
b.c. outside pm. in graphite: Se aprovechan.

Markings

O (of JGO)

Provenance

Charles Blanc; bought for 20 pounds from Colnaghi, April 1863 by William Stirling, Keir (later Stirling-Maxwell); Archibald Stirling; Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA; purchased from R. M. Light, Boston, June 12, 1974 (original vote June 13, 1973).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. John S. Reed and the Arthur M. Knapp Fund