Portrait of Francisco Goya, from "The Portfolio"

Etcher Louis Lucas French
After Vicente López y Portaña Spanish
Sitter Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

Not on view

Based on a portrait by López from 1826, now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, this etching accompanied a three-part article on Goya in the art periodical "The Portfolio," in 1879. The publication and its editor, Philip Gilbert Hamerton, actively promoted printmaking, especially etching, and commissioned this full-page plate from Lucas expressly for the issue. The article by Hamerton was not sympathetic to the visionary Spanish painter decrying that he was a "monster of immorality, impudence, and ingratitude". Goya's reputation in Britain in the nineteenth century lagged behind that in Continental Europe.

Portrait of Francisco Goya, from "The Portfolio", Louis Lucas (French, active 1878–88), Etching

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