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Here Comes the Bogeyman, plate three from Los Caprichos

A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.




Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

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Plate 3 of The Caprices features a mother with her two children who are frightened by a blanketed figure of el coco (the bogeyman) in the foreground. The mother’s expression contrasts with those of her children: she smiles in gratitude and appreciation. Goya is criticizing the common practice of using fear to keep children well behaved. The print also contains a spelling error, as Goya spells viene, the Spanish verb for “to come,” incorrectly. This is a common mistake due to similarity in sounds between the Spanish b and v. He corrected it in later editions of the print.


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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes


Here Comes the Bogeyman, plate three from Los Caprichos


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Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper


Image: 19.3 × 13.6 cm (7 5/8 × 5 3/8 in.); Plate: 21.7 × 15.3 cm (8 9/16 × 6 1/16 in.); Sheet: 30.1 × 20.5 cm (11 7/8 × 8 1/8 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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