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Thursday 6 December 2018

Francisco de Goya’s etching (with aquatint and drypoint), “Otras leyes por el pueblo”, 1816–24

Francisco de Goya (aka Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes; Francisco Goya) (1746–1828)

“Otras leyes por el pueblo” (trans. “Other laws by the people”—title inscribed on plate) (aka “Quien se pondrá el cas - cabel al gato?” [Who will bell the cat?]; “Disparate de bestia” [Animal folly]), 1816–24, from the series, “Los Proverbios” (“The Proverbs”) (aka “Los Disparates” [“The Follies”]), printed by François Liénard (fl.c.1860s–1880s) and published in Paris by Sagot-Le Garrec (inscribed on plate with initials, “S.L.G.”) in “L'Art” (1877).

Note: the Rijksmuseum advises: “The series ‘Los Disparates’ was only published after the death of Goya. The Real Academia des Nobles Artes has published the series under the name ‘Los Proverbios’. Harris has assigned a Spanish proverb to every print in his catalog. According to him, this print depicts the proverb: Quien se pondrá el cascabel al gato? (The cat tightening the bell) K.Botke” (

Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint on cream laid paper with watermark (Richard de Bas) with full margins (as printed in “L'Art”, 1877, from the original plate) and stamped verso, “242”.
Size: (sheet) 48 x 37 cm; (plate) 24.5 x 35.5 cm; (image borderline) 21.6 x 32.5 cm
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Goya. inv. et sc./ L’Art.”; (centre) “OTRAS LEYES POR EL PUEBLO./ (Autres lois pour le peuple)”;  (right) “S.L.G./ Fçois Liénard.Imp.Paris.”

State iii (of iii) with the addition of lettered publication details.

Delteil 222.III (Delteil, Loys, “Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré [XIXe et XXe siècles]”, 31 vols, Paris, 1902); Harris 1964 268.III (Tomás Harris & Anthony Frederick Blunt 1964, “Goya: Engravings and Lithographs”, 2 vols [2nd for catalogue raisonné], Oxford, p. 405, 268).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Elephant intimidating Moors, to left; 1877 impression, published in 'L'Art'. 1816-23 Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint(?)”

Condition: richly inked, faultless impression in superb/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, stains—apart from a dot stain right of the elephant’s rear leg—or foxing). The verso has water adhesive tape from previous mounting along the edges and is stamped, “242”, on the lower right corner.

I am selling this original Goya etching (with aquatint and drypoint) from the first publicly available edition for a total cost of AU$2100 (currently US$1512.10/EUR1333.67/GBP1186.94 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this genuine etching by Goya taken from the original plate in superb condition with full margins as published, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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