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The Esparto Weaver who cannot manage to undress, and giving sound advice to a lamp, sets fire to the house
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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The Esparto Weaver who cannot manage to undress, and giving sound advice to a lamp, sets fire to the house

1796 - 1797. Pencil, Iron gall ink on laid paper Not on display

This preparatory drawing for the etching Capricho 18, And His House Catches Fire (G02106) is one of the twenty-six pen-and-ink drawings from the Dreams series that are the basis for The Caprichos in its earliest form. The print and preparatory drawing are practically identical except for the size of the oil lamp, which is larger in the former. Information from manuscripts related to The Caprichos explain the subject as a criticism of the drunkenness of esparto weavers. The version at the Museo del Prado reads: He could not manage to remove his breeches or to cease speaking with the oil lamp, until the town firemen revived him. Such is the power of wine! And the notation on the copy at Calcografía Nacional adds: The weak man hangs his lamp from the straw seat and runs naked from the house, tying his breeches as it burns. The Museo del Prado has a series of works related to Dream 24 (G02106 / G00645), and there is also a preliminary brush-and-India ink drawing from Album B, 86 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (236 x 145 mm, 1794-95, no. 63.984b), as well as a steel-plated copper plate from the same series at Calcografía Nacional in Madrid (219 x 154 mm, 443.10 g. No. 3444). The mark of the plate is visible on the drawing as a result of its tracing on the copper plate (218 x 151 mm), as are the vertical laid lines (Text from: Matilla, J.M. and others: El libro de los Caprichos. Francisco de Goya: dos siglos de interpretaciones, 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1999. pp. 21, 134).

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And His House Catches Fire
Etching on ivory laid paper, 1797 - 1799
Inventory number
D004194
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Esparto Weaver who cannot manage to undress, and giving sound advice to a lamp, sets fire to the house
Date
1796 - 1797
Technique
Pencil; Iron gall ink
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 239 mm.; Width: 165 mm.
Series
Caprichos [dibujo]. Serie Los Sueños, 18, 24 (?)
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Valentín Carderera, Madrid, c. 1861; Mariano Carderera, Madrid, 1880; Museo del Prado, 12.11.1886.

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 488.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para Grabados y Pinturas, II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1975, pp. 98.

Glendinning, Nigel, Goya, la década de los Caprichos : retratos 1792-1804, Real Academia Bellas Artes San Fernando, Madrid, 1992, pp. 254.

Matilla, José Manuel, El Libro de los Caprichos: dos siglos de interpretaciones 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional de Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 21, 134.

Siglo XVIII: España, el sueño de la razón, Fundación Arte VivaViva.com Arte y Ciudadania, Madrid ; Río De Janeiro, 2002, pp. 436.

Welsh Raed, S, 'Balancing acts. Excess' En:, Goya: Order & Disorder, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2014, pp. 226-229 [227 n.147].

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 21.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 488.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. II 61.

Exhibitions +

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"
Madrid
20.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
Madrid
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Goya: Order and Disorder
Boston
04.10.2014 - 19.01.2015

Goya: la década de los Caprichos
Madrid
26.10.1992 - 10.01.1993

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Room A (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 19-11-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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