- 1815 - 1816
- Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid, Spain
- 245 x 348 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Lázaro Galdiano Foundation
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 22 Aug 2021 / 13 Apr 2023
Goya (in pencil, lower right; apocryphal signature)
Watermark: "MANUEL SERRA".
This drawing was acquired by José Lázaro Galdiano before 1928. It was rediscovered by Juliet Wilson-Bareau. It is now in the library of the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid.
Preparatory drawing for Way of Flying. It is almost identical to the print, as it shows the same characters with flying contraptions. The main difference with the engraving lies in the daylight radiating from the drawing, which has nothing to do with the dark aquatint of the print, apparently added in the 1864 edition of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. It has the marks of having been passed through the press.
The present drawing is quite different from the other preparatory studies for the series of the Follies, which were executed very freely, in contrast to the great meticulousness seen here, which can be explained by the fact that the print for which this drawing is a preparatory study was probably not conceived as an integral part of the series but was incorporated into it afterwards.
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 326, cat. 1592
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975pp. 450-451, cat. 299
El mundo de Goya en sus dibujosMadridUrbión1979pp. 334-335
Goya en la Fundación Lázaro GaldianoMadridFundación Lázaro Galdiano1999p. 118, cat. 10
MadridFundación Santander Central Hispano2002p. 276
MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado2019p. 244