Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1779
Private collection
52 x 86 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Nov 2009 / 12 May 2021

Supposed sketch for the tapestry cartoon A Stickball Game.

Thanks to Mayer, we know that in 1899 this sketch belonged to a private collection in Paris. Today it is in another private collection.

Análisis artístico

Opinions differ regarding the authorship of this work. Some scholars, including Valerian von Loga, Arnaiz, Mayer (who discovered the piece) and Gudiol, consider it to be Goya's own work, whilst others, such as Wilson and Gassier, have expressed doubts. The reasoning of these latter scholars is that the sketch is practically identical to the finished work, whilst the sketches of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, unanimously recognized as works from Goya's own hand, show multiple changes when compared to the final work. The study that Arnaiz carried out on this work confirms its age, visible in the canvas and the craquelure of the paint, although he himself agrees that it the finished cartoon would perhaps be an excessively faithful reflection of this sketch.


The work shows some colour variation in the lower section, almost certainly due to the existence of an underlying painting that can be clearly seen in the upper section.

  • MAYER, August L.
    Francisco de Goya
    p. 216, cat. 573
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    p. 230, cat. 27ª
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 89, ca. 145
  • vol. I, p. 248, cat. 81
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 137, cat. 711
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. I, p. 110
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 102, 192, 199, 271, cat. 31B and p.
  • Janis A. Tomlinson
    Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    col. Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    p. 305
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