Original etching and burnished aquatint on paper from ‘Los Caprichos’.
From the first edition of 300 published in 1799.
This work is framed.
Image size: 150 x 215 mm
Frame size: 360 x 440 mm
It will not occur to him to take off his breeches or to stop talking to the candle, until the local fire brigade freshens him up. Wine can do as much as that.
Not only is this a first edition, but one of the earliest. After the first 25 or so pulls were
taken, a scratch appeared on plate 45, which is to be seen on all subsequent editions. This print is from one of these rare sets, before the scratch.
The subtlety of tone and lush quality of the aquatint printing in this etching is unrivalled and will be exactly as Goya had intended. It is also highly likely that Goya would have handled this very print.