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Title Boys Playing at Soldiers
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist School of Goya y Lucientes, Francisco José de (Spanish painter and printmaker, 1746-1828)
Previously attributed to Goya y Lucientes, Francisco José de (Spanish painter and printmaker, 1746-1828)
Date Earliest probably about 1770
Date Latest 1799
Description One of a set of four 'hasty sketches of children at play' bought in Seville in 1842 by Sir William Stirling Maxwell. This series has affinities in style with certain of the cartoons for tapestries which Goya produced for the Royal household in the late 1770s and 1780s. In these tapestries he portrayed ordinary people in all their wretchedness as well as their happiness. This picture shows twelve children playing at soldiers on bare hillocks outside a town with domes on the right. In the foreground there is a baby in red lying on the ground.
Current Accession Number PC.27
Subject everyday life
Measurements 29.2 x 41.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald 1967.
Provenance Purchased by Sir William Stirling Maxwell in Seville, 1842; by descent to his son Sir John Stirling Maxwell; by descent to his daughter Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald.
Principal Exhibitions Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, Manchester, 1857 (one of the 'Four sketches of Boys at Play, cat. nos. 869-72); Exhibition of Spanish Art, New Gallery, London, 1895-99, cat. no. 874; Spanish Old Masters, Grafton Galleries, London, 1913-14, cat. no. 138; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1922; Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1928; Exhibition of Spanish Paintings from El Greco to Goya, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1951, cat. no. 9; Manchester Art Treasures Centenary Exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, 1957; Paintings from Pollok House, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 1960-61; El Greco to Goya, National Gallery, London, 1981, cat. no. 65; Goya, Centre Culturell de Marais, Paris, 1979, cat. no. 2.
Publications Stirling Maxwell, Sir W., Annals of the Artists of Spain, London, 1891, vol. 4, pp. 1476-77; Waagen, G. F., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain ... Forming a Supplemental Volume to the Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 449, as one of 'Four light sketches of boys playing', by Goya; Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p.24, no. 12; Gaya Nuño, J. A., La pintura española fuera de España, Madrid, 1958, no. 874, p. 157; The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Corporation of Glasgow: Museum and Art Galleries Department, c.1967, p. 26, no. 27.
Notes One of the two of the 'Four light sketches of boys playing', by Goya, seen by Waagen at 'Keir, seat of William Stirling, Esq., M. P., near Stirling', judged as 'Many of the motives good, but the colouring heavy.'
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig




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