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


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


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



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


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


Verso: MFA accession number in graphite


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