- 1779 - 1780
- Unknown Collection
- 200 x 75 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 02 Dec 2009 / 22 Nov 2011
See The Blind Guitarist.
This cartoon was delivered to the Royal Tapestry Factory on 24 January 1780, along with ten other cartoons, completing the decoration of the antechamber to the bedroom. These eleven tapestry cartoons - almost certain to have been made between 21 July 1779, when the artist delivered A Stickball Game and The Swing, and this delivery in January 1780 - were executed very rapidly. It is very likely that Goya was aware of the planned suspension of manufacturing work at the factory and was anxious to finish his commissions and receive his wages.
Around 1856 or 1857, the cartoon was moved from the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara to the Royal Palace in Madrid. In 1870, it was taken to the Prado Museum under orders given on 18 January and 9 February.
This painting does not appear even in the inventory carried out by Vicente López in 1834, meaning that it disappeared in unknown circumstances before that date.
This piece was designed for the west wall of the antechamber to the bedroom, along with its companion, The Dog, now also lost.
Since the cartoon has disappeared, we must rely on the composition of the tapestry preserved by the Spanish National Heritage Board and on Goya's description on the invoice to imagine what the painting was like. Three weary men stop to drink at a fountain surrounded by a thicket. One of them crouches down to drink from the spout whilst the other two await their turn.
Once again Tomlinson finds a sexual metaphor here, interpreting the fountain's spout as a phallic symbol.
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