- 1779 - 1780
- Lost work
- 200 x 75 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 02 Dec 2009 / 30 Dec 2022
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.
Tapices de GoyaMadridPatrimonio Nacional1946p. 235, cat. 32 y lám. 160
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950vol. I, p. 82, cat. 23
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 76, 89, cat. 135
vol. I, p. 248, cat. 85
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974pp. 95-96, cat. 93
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. I, p. 114
Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapicescol. col. "Espasa Arte"Espasa Calpe1987pp. 106, 108, 277, cat. 36C y p. 107 (il
Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madridcol. col. "Ensayos de Arte Cátedra"MadridCátedra1987pp. 144, 146 y p. 145 (il.)
Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredesin HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)MadridPatrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg1996p. 168 (il.)