A striking feature of this drawing is the thick frame, suggesting a scene observed through a window. The viewer looks out from an elevated position to a large group of figures receding into the distance. While the outdoor setting has not been identified, various parks in Madrid—Casa de Campo, Buen Retiro, and the Meadow of San Isidro—have been proposed. Goya might have been inspired by such locations, but the composition’s structure and emphasis on types of groupings imply that it does not record what he saw; rather, it interprets the subject.
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Title:Crowd in a Park; page 31 from the "Images of Spain" album (F)
Series/Portfolio:Images of Spain
Artist:Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Medium:Brush, bistre and brown ink wash, traces of black chalk on laid paper
Dimensions:Sheet: 8-1/8 x 5-5/8 in. (20.6 x 14.3cm)
Credit Line:Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935
Inscription: Numbered in brush and brown ink upper right: '31'; to the right of which in pen and dark ink: '19.' [pertaining to Fortuny Album I, 19]
Javier Goya y Bayeu, (from 1828); Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (Spanish), (from 1854); Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz (Spanish), (from ca. 1855–1863); Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, (by gift in 1894)
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