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ID number:  BIRBI-39.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Goya, Francisco de (1746-1828)
Title / Object name:  Don't Scream, Silly (No Grites, Tonta)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Madrid
Culture:  Spanish
Date made:  1799
Materials:  Etching with aquatint and drypoint
Measurements:  Plate: 215 x 158 mm; mount: 560 x 405 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi, 1939, purchased for £2
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Plate 74 from Los Caprichos. Goya's commentary reads: "Poor little Francisca! She was looking for the footman and she met the goblin. But don't be afraid! The goblin is in a good temper and won't do her any harm" Los Caprichos is a series of satirical etchings. The first edition of 1797 consisted of 72 etchings and the final edition of 1799 consisted of 80 etchings.
Although the exact subject of this print remains unclear, a number of interpretations revolve around tales of lustful monks calling on women of status. This interpretation appears to be supported by the notable difference in the original sketch for this print in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, where Francesca’s expression is one of fear, while in the final print she smiles coyly.

Inscriptions / Translations:  u.r: '74', bottom: 'no grits, tonta'

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