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Self-Portrait in a Cocked Hat

Artist:
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Date:
ca. 1790
Medium:
Pen and brown (iron gall?) ink on paper
Dimensions:
3 7/8 x 3 7/16 in. (9.8 x 8.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.976
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964
This vigorous portrait, stippled and lined in brown ink, is likely one of Goya’s most faithful self-studies. The artist was probably middle-aged when he made the drawing, but his dashing appearance, complete with tricorne hat, belies his years. It shows Goya before a grave illness of 1793 that would compromise his vitality.

Drawn with a blunt pen in distinct marks, the self-portrait was used to engrave the frontispiece for the third edition of Goya’s suite of lithographs illustrating bull fights, La Tauromaquia (1876).
Inscription: Inscription (probably contemporary to the drawing) on a separate piece of paper: D. Francisco Goya y Lucientes, / Pintor de Camara de S.M./ Dibujado por el mismo
Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez, Madrid; Paul Lefort, Paris (Paul Lefort sale, Paris, 28-29 January 1869, no. 105); Charles Yriarte, Paris (?); Mrs. Jay, Frankfurt-am-Main; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Robert Lehman (acquired from Philip Hofer in 1948)
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