Francisco de Goya

Charles III Hunting (Carlos III cazador)

Charles III Hunting (Carlos III cazador)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1786 - 1788
Private collection
210 x 127 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 Jan 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

REY N. Señor ("KING OUR Lord", on the dog's collar).

Goya lo hizo ("By Goya", on the lower right-hand side).


This work previously belonged to the Fernán Núñez Collection, the 7th count VII  entruted the picture to Goya.

Análisis artístico

Charles III, (Madrid, 1716-1788) was King of Spain, Duke of Parma under the name of Charles I and King of Naples and Sicily as Charles VII. In line with the Enlightenment he undertook major reforms with the help of ministers and ilustrados such as Aranda, Campomanes and Floridablanca. He was a cultured man with many reformist ideas. He was also a grand aficionado of the hunt, as this portrait makes clear.

His death in 1788 marked the end of reform and ushered in a far more conservative period at the hands of his son and successor, Charles IV.

According to Fernán Nuñez, in winter the king wore a dress coat made from cloth from Segovia, black suede jacket and breeches, a hat like the one which Goya depicts him wearing in this portrait, lace frills, woollen stockings, boots and suede gloves, which he is here holding in his right hand. On this occasion, he is also holding, in his left hand, a hunting shotgun, and at his feet lies the dog that would have accompanied him on his hunting outings. His face reflects the serenity that this sport afforded him.

The painting clearly shows the influence of Velázquez's hunting portraits.

A replica of this canvas exists in the Prado Museum Charles III Hunting (copy).

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    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 7th to July 31st 1956
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    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
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    Villa Favorita
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya et la modernité
    Pinacothèque de Paris
    from October 11st 2013 to March 16th 2014
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
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    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
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