- Ca. 1820 - 1823
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 146 x 205 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine on laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 03 Jan 2011 / 25 May 2023
62 (in the bottom left-hand corner)
See Sad forebodings of what is to come.
This drawing, like the set of preparatory drawings for the rest of the engravings in the series, was part of the Carderera collection and subsequently passed to the Prado National Museum, where it is now kept.
The preparatory drawing for engraving no. 73, The Gatesque Pantomime, from The Disasters of War, shows certain differences with respect to the print. The cat can be seen here, not on a flight of stairs as in the engraving, but on a table or a board. Next to the cat, Goya has sketched the owl which, in the print, flies while seeming to say something in the cat's ear. In the sketch, Goya preferred to depict the owl on a stick with its wings outstretched. In this way, the bird occupies the central position of the engraving, thus playing down the importance of the cat and the friar in the lower left-hand corner, somewhat more towards the back of the print.
When he tackled the execution of print no. 73, Goya made changes that clearly altered the meaning of the work. In short, he increased the importance of the cat and the monk in the scene.
MadridMuseo del Prado1954n. 133
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970cat. 1121
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975cat. 221