Soldiers Frightened by a Phantom [Disparate de Miedo] (Fearful Folly); from the "Disparates" series, plate 2

Drawn and etched about 1815–17; printed about 1863–64
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 249, II, 2; Delteil 0203


Platemark: 24.5 x 35.3 cm (9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in.) Sheet: 35 x 48.8 cm (13 3/4 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis (?), emery stone, and tonal scratching; posthumous trial proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Dark brown ink, plate tone, Bevel
Posthumous trial proof for the Academia de San Fernando, about 1863-64 (H. II, 2, with horizontal scratch through phantom).

The preferred series title “Disparates” (Follies) is derived from manuscript titles containing the word “Disparate” on fourteen of the working proofs, of which this is one. Beruete and others invented titles containing “Disparate” for the rest, except “Modo de volar” (no. 13).


graphite cataloguing notations and descriptions


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