• Old Master Prints auction at Christies

    Sale 7781

    Old Master Prints

    8 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

    A Maja with light Background (Delteil 29; Harris 31)

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    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
    A Maja with light Background (Delteil 29; Harris 31)
    etching, 1824-28, on heavy laid paper watermarked Guarro, a good impression from the small edition printed at the Calcografia for John Savile Lumley, 1859, with wide margins, a deckle edge below, a printer's crease at right just extending into the subject, two small, pale stains in the right margin, some skinned patches at the right sheet edge verso where previously hinged, otherwise in good condition
    P. 190 x 123 mm., S. 255 x 183 mm.


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    This late etching, along with its companion piece A Maja, with dark background (not included here), was made by Goya in Bordeaux between 1824 and 1828 and is extremely rare. No life-time impressions are known and there were only a few posthumous trial proofs printed before the so-called Lumley Edition printed in Madrid in 1859, to which this impression belongs. In 1938, the plate was acquired by Philip Hofer, curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts at Harvard, who in 1960 had seven further impressions of printed on Arches.

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    Provenance

    Unidentified, rounded square purple ink stamp verso (not in Lugt).