Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Borja Téllez Girón, X Duke of Osuna (sketch)

Francisco de Borja Téllez Girón, X Duke of Osuna (sketch)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1816
Lost work
32.5 x 24.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Obra desaparecida
Ficha: realización/revisión
13 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

This is a possible sketch for the portrait of the tenth Duke of Osuna.

The sketch was the property of Mariano Goya according to the sales catalogue of Eustaquio López, dated 25 May 1866, where it appeared as lot number 8 and with the incorrect title of Portrait of the Marquis of Sandinos. It was later in the collection of the Ehrich Galleries, in New York. At some point it entered the Bremen Kunsthalle, where it was destroyed during the Second World War.

Given the provenance that goes back to Goya's grandson, it is possible that this portrait is the same one that Antonio Brugada listed as "Portrait of a Young Man, sketch" in the inventory he made of the painter's assets after his death.

Análisis artístico

It appears that, both for this possible sketch attributed to Goya and for the preparatory drawing that the painter made for the portrait of the X Duke of Osuna, the model was the painter's son, Javier Goya.

In the sketch, the composition perfectly matches that of the finished version, even though the brushwork is much more energetic.

Desparmet questions the authorship of Goya.

  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. II, p. 208, cat. 497 NB y pp. 260-2
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 298, 377. cat. 1558
  • vol. I, p. 366, cat. 648
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 130, cat. 605
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 67
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