Tan barbara le seguridad como el delito. (The custody is as barbarous as the crime)

The Little Prisoner (leaning on his chain)

about 1810–14
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 026; Delteil 031


Platemark: 11 x 8.5 cm (4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.) Sheet: 42.4 x 30.9 cm (16 11/16 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching; posthumous impression

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Posthumous impression, with bevel and letters masked, printed 1867 or later (H. 26, IV?).


By 1898, Sylvester Rosa Koehler (b. 1837 - d. 1900), Leipzig, Boston, and Littleton, NH; 1898, gift of Koehler to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 23, 2018)

Koehler was the first Print Curator at the MFA and served from 1887 until his death in 1900. The gift of Mr. Koehler's collection was accepted by the Trustees of the MFA on October 20, 1898.

Credit Line

Gift of Sylvester Rosa Koehler