Hilan Delgado (They Spin Finely), Plate 44, Los Caprichos, 1st Edition


Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Hilan Delgado, (They Spin Finely), etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin, 1799. References: Harris 79, Delteil 81. Plate 44 from Los Caprichos, First Edition (of 12), edition of approximately 300. In very good condition, with wide margins, 8 1/4 x 6, the sheet 11 5/8 x 8 inches.

A fine impression, printed in sepia ink, on a fine quality, soft but strong laid paper. The two layers of aquatint contrast effectively with the highlights on the spinner. The drypoint lines on the threads held by the spinner, and the gravure lines on her neck, can be seen clearly in this impression (along with touches of burr).

Goya’s commentary: They spin finely and the devil himself will not be able to undo the warp which they contrive.