Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
279 x 28 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 Dec 2009 / 25 Aug 2022

See The Flower Girls.

This cartoon appears in the inventory that Vicente López carried out in 1834, where it was attributed to José del Castillo, but it is not in the list of works presented by this artist nor does it feature in his invoices from the tapestry factory.

Around 1856 or 1857, the cartoon was moved from the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara to the Palacio de Oriente in Madrid, and it remained in the tapestry basements until, under orders given on 18 January and 9 February 1870, it was taken to the Prado Museum that same year. Lost in the museum collection ever since, it was finally discovered in 1987.

Análisis artístico

Some birds rest on the branches of a tree. They can be clearly identified as a magpie and a male finch, the latter thanks to its reddish colouring.

Sambricio attributed the work to Goya because the dimensions were identical to those of the seventh stretcher in the records of the carpenter, Josef Serrano, and because the cartoon did not appear in any of the invoices from the other painters who worked with the tapestry factory, meaning that it had to be by either Ramón Bayeu or Francisco de Goya, since they were the only artists not to issue bills for their own works. Arnaiz goes further and draws parallels between this cartoon and that of Boy and a Tree, made to decorate the antechamber to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess in the palace of El Pardo. In both cartoons, the birds are similar, as well as the trees, the leaves in the foreground and the stream, motifs that can be found in other documented works by Goya.

However, Tomlinson expresses her doubts about the Goya's authorship, although she admits that it cannot be ruled out entirely.


The work underwent restoration at the Prado Museum in 1987.

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