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Inscription

upper right in black chalk: 29; across bottom in black chalk: Mendigos qe. selleban solos en Bordeaux; by later hand, lower center verso in graphite: Goya

Provenance

Javier Goya y Bayeu (1828); Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (1854); Federico de Madrazo (c. 1855-1860); Jules Boilly, Paris (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19-20 March 1869, lot 48, an album of 20 drawings, to Leurceau); Hyadès, Bordeaux; private collection, Paris; Alfred Strölin, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1933; purchased by Ian Woodner, New York, June 1987; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner, New York, 1990; gift to NGA, 1993.

Exhibition History
1980
Goya in der Krise seiner Zeit, Württembergerischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart and Munich, 1980-1981, no. 214.
1987
Master Drawings: The Woodner Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1987, (hors de catalogue).
1988
Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment, Museo del Prado, Madrid and tour, 1988-1989, no. 167 (Boston and New York only).
1990
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 143.
1993
Nine Old Master Drawings: Recent Gifts from the Woodner Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1993 (checklist only).
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 99, as Mendigos que se llevan solos en Bordeaux (Beggars Who Get about on Their Own in Bordeaux).
2001
Goya, Drawings from His Private Albums, Hayward Gallery, London, 2001, no. 19, 98.
2006
Goya's Last Works, The Frick Collection, New York, 2006, no. 31.
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2006-2007.
2014
Goya: Order & Disorder, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2014-2015, no. 212, repro.
Bibliography
1933
Mayer, August L. "Dibujos Desconocidos, de Goya" Revista Española de Arte. (September 1933): repro. 382, 384.
1934
Mayer, August L. "Some Unknown Drawings by Francisco Goya." Old Master Drawings 34 (1934): 21.
1971
Gassier, Pierre and Juliet Wilson. The Life and Complete Work of Francisco Goya. New York, 1971: no. G.29.
1973
Gassier, Pierre. Francisco Goya Drawings, The Complete Albums. New York, 1973: no. G.29 [387].
1994
Tomlinson, Janis. Francisco Goya y Lucientes. London, 1994: 268, repr. 270.
2003
Hughes, Robert. Goya. New York, 2003: 397, repro.
2006
Brown, Jonathan and Susan G. Galassi. Goya's Last Works. New York, 2006: 186, fig. 31.