Self-Portrait in a Cocked Hat

Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

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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).

Self-Portrait in a Cocked Hat, Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Pen and brown (iron gall?) ink on paper

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