The Ladies-in-Waiting ("Las Meninas"), after Velázquez

about 1779–1785
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), After Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 017, 1, 4; Delteil 005; Gassier and Wilson 107

Dimensions

Platemark: 40.5 x 32.5 cm (15 15/16 x 12 13/16 in.) Sheet: 46 x 35.4 cm (18 1/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

51.1699

Medium or Technique

Etching, tonal etching with burnishing, drypoint, and roulette, on laid paper (working proof)

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Working proof, with addition of dark lavis or sulphur tint (H. 17, I, 4, but probably a fifth state).

Inscription

Later inscriptions: u.l. in brown ink: R 4000 and illgegible number; u.r., brown ink: illegible letter and "#"; Verso: in graphite, notation, "The British Museum purchased the late Cowley's impresion from Mess.s Colnaghi for [pounds] 21 om 1860; in graphite: MFA accession number

Markings

Verso: MFA accession number in graphite

Provenance

General John Meade (d. 1849), Madrid (?).Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid; 1863, sold by Carderera to Sir William Stirling Maxwell (b. 1818–d. 1878), Keir House, Scotland; 1878, by inheritance to his son, Brigadier General Archibald Stirling (b. 1867–d. 1931), Keir House; 1931, by inheritance to his son, Lieutenant Colonel William Joseph Stirling (b. 1911–d. 1983), Keir House; September 13, 1951, sold by William Joseph Stirling, through Colnaghi & Co., London and Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA.(Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund