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.

Date:

1797/99

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

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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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Here Comes the Bogeyman, plate three from Los Caprichos

Origin

Spain

Date

1797–1799

Medium

Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed 'Que viene el Coco' in plate, l.c., under image. Inscribed "P. 3." in plate, u.r., above image.

Dimensions

193 x 136 mm (image); 217 x 153 mm (plate); 301 x 205 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1948.110.3

Extended information about this artwork

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