Lo que puede un Sastre! (What a Tailor Can Do!)


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Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Lo que puede un Sastre! (What a Tailor Can Do!), 1799, etching, burnished aquatint, drypoint and burin. Harris 87, Delteil 89, plate 52 from the First Edition of Caprichos. In very good condition, with margins, 8 1/2 x 6, the sheet 11 1/2 x 7 1/2, printed in sepia on a soft but strong laid paper.

A good impression; the slight drypoint touches on the face of the kneeling man to the left of the girl are still visible. In the later editions (there were 12 in all, those after the First are posthumous) the aquatint tone is lost and the etching deteriorates as well.

Goya’s commentary: How often can some ridiculous creature be suddenly transformed into a presumptuous coxcomb who is nothing but appears to be much. That is what can be done by the ability of a tailor and the stupidity of those who judge things by their appearance.