Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer. (Sad forebodings of what is to happen); from "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (Disasters of War), plate 1

Drawn and etched about 1820–23; published 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Printer Workshop of Laurenciano (Laureano) Potenciano

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 121, III, 1, a; Delteil 0120


Platemark: 17.5 x 22.5 cm (6 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.) Sheet: 24.3 x 33.3 cm (9 9/16 x 13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, drypoint, and burnishing of salt ground aquatint or sulfur tint; posthumous first edition

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Black/brown ink, plate-tone. The plate has bevel.
From posthumous first edition (1863), with letters and number (Harris III, 1, a). Made in the workshop of Laurenciano Potenciano for the Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, completed March, 1863.

Volume bound in brown morocco, with gold letters on spine: “GOYA/ LOS DESASTRES/ DE LA/ GUERRA” and below, “MADRID/ 1863”. Volume: 25.5 x 36.5 x 3 cm. (10 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.). The sheets are gold tipped. Title page reproduced, P. Hofer, The Disasters of War, N.Y.: Dover, 1967, p. 4. There is a two page introduction.


Engraved u.l.: l, below image,: Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer(over lightly scratched letters).


No watermark


Purchased 6/1/1911

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange