Why? (Por qué?) Disasters of War 32

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 152, I, 2; Delteil 0151


Platemark: 15.7 x 20.9 cm (6 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.) Sheet: 20.1 x 30.2 cm (7 15/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and direct etching or fine grain aquatint (working proof)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Working proof, before title and numbers, before drypoint and additional burin, and before lavis removed from plate edges (H. I, 2).


Upper left in black ink: 8; upper right twice in graphite pencil: 32.


No watermark


1863, sold by Valentín Carderera y Solano (b. 1796–d. 1880), Madrid, 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. and Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund