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Aesop The Fabulist (preparatory drawing for an etching)

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March 14, 1853, sale, Sotheby's, London. Morse Collection. Sir William Stirling-Maxwell (b. 1818 - d. 1878), Keir, Scotland; by descent to his grandson, William Joseph Stirling (b. 1911 - d. 1983), Keir; 1951, sold by Stirling to Colnaghi, London; 1951, sold by Colnaghi to Philip Hofer (b. 1898 – d. 1984), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1974, sold by Hofer, through R. M. Light (dealer), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1974) NOTES: [1] Hofer’s collection of Goya prints and drawings was first offered to the MFA on June 13, 1973.

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick J. Kennedy Memorial Foundation

Study for the etching (Delteil 16, Harris 13) after painting by Velazquez

By 1778

Catalogue Raisonné

Gassier and Wilson 102


Sheet: 31.2 x 20.8 cm (12 5/16 x 8 3/16 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Pen and and black and brown inks on dark cream laid paper


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