Francisco Jos de Goya y Lucientes (d. 1828), son of a gilder, was apprenticed as a painter with Jos Luzan at the age of twelve and subsequently entered the studio of Raphael Mengs, painter to Carlos III. In 1770-71 he travelled to Italy and finally settled in Madrid in 1773. Upon his return, he completed a group of paintings that impressed Mengs to such a degree that he commissioned Goya to design a tapestry series for the Royal Tapestry Manufactory of Santa Barbara. He worked on various cartoons depicting Spanish life from 1775 to 1780, 1786 to 1788 and 1791 to 1792.
A tapestry of identical design from a series depicting children at play is illustrated in A. Calvert, The Spanish Royal Tapestries, London, 1921, plate 274.