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Qué alborato es este? (What is this hubbub?); Fatales consequencias de la sangrienta guerra en España con Buonaparte. Y otros caprichos enfaticos [Disasters of War], plate 65 (one of the "caprichos enfáticos").

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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

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pirie and Gift of the Class in History of Engraving, by exchange

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Drawn and etched about 1814–15; whole series first published posthumously 1863

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 185, II; Delteil 184


Platemark: 18 x 22.1 cm (7 1/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Sheet: 26.1 x 35.5 cm (10 1/4 x 14 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Etching, burnished aquatint/lavis (sulfur tint?), burin, and burnisher; posthumous trial proof


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