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No se puede saber por qué. (There is no way of telling why); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 35.


Engraved, u.l., 35; u.r. within pm. in graphite: 35; l.l., engraved, 2(masked or not inked); b.c. inside pm. in graphite: no se puede saber por que.


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Charles Blanc; bought for 20 pounds from Colnaghi, April 1863 by William Stirling, Keir (later Stirling-Maxwell); Archibald Stirling; Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA; purchased from R. M. Light, Boston, June 12, 1974 (original vote June 13, 1973).

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen, by exchange

Drawn and etched about 1810–14; whole series first published posthumously 1863

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 155, II; Delteil 154

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, sulfur tint (?), burnished lavis, drypoint, and burin; posthumous trial proof


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