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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.

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Valentín Carderera y Solano (?), Madrid (1796-1880); Sir William Stirling (later Stirling-Maxwell), Bart of Keir (1818-1878); Brigadier-General Archibald Stirling, of Keir; Colnaghi, London; Purchased by MFA, Boston (Lugt 282), through Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (1898-1984); Purchased Sept. 13, 1951.

Credit Line

1951 Purchase Fund

Drawn and etched about 1810–143

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 155, I, 2; Delteil 0154


Platemark: 15.4 x 25.6 cm (6 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Sheet: 22 x 31.3 cm (8 11/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Etching, sulfur tint (?), burnished lavis, and drypoint; working proof


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