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La Taureaumachie Recueil De Quarantes Estampes Inventées Et Gravées A L'Eau-Forte Par Don Francisco Goya Y Lucientes

Francisco Goya draughtsman etcher

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Francisco Goya, draughtsman, etcher

Uniform Title

[Tauromaquia., 1876.]


Paris: Loizelet, Rue Des Beaux-Arts, 12, [1876]

Physical Description

[1] f., t.pl., pl. 1-33, A-G; 338×490 mm.


[T.pl.] - Quarante Estampes Repésentant Différentes Manières Et Feintes De L'Art De Combattre Les Taureaux Inventées Et Gravées A L'Eau-Forte, A Madrid Par Don Francisco Goya Y Lucientes Table Explicative: 1(-33); Planches Inédites (A-G) - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

None of Goya's plates is signed. The title-plate incorporates a portrait of Goya, and is signed as drawn and engraved by E. Loizelet and printed by A. Beillet.


J.M. Matilla and J.M. Medrano, El libro de la Tauromaquia Francisco de Goya: la fortuna crítica, El proceso de creacion (2001); A.E. Perez Sanchez and J. Gallego, Goya: the complete etchings and lithographs (1994); A. Martinez-Novillo, 'La Tauromaquia en su contexto historico', in Francisco de Goya grabador: instantaneas. Tauromaquia (1992); J. Blas, Goya grabador y litografo: repertorio bibliografico (1992); J.A. Tomlinson, Graphic evolutions: the print series of Francisco Goya (1989); T. Harris, Goya engravings and lithographs (2 v., 1964; repr. 1983); E.A. Sayre and J.S. Boggs, The changing image: prints by Francisco de Goya (1974), p.197-247.

Summary Note

Goya's Tauromaquia was first published in 1816 (containing thirty-three prints). A second edition appeared in 1855; and this third edition, by Loizelet, in 1876 (with seven additional prints). It is believed that Goya made four further prints in this series, but these were never issued. The prints have been admired not only for the inventiveness of their composition and their communication of the movement and tension of the bull-fight, but also for their handling of the etching and other mixed media (burnished aquatint, drypoint, lavis and engraving). Most of the plates are conserved at the Calcografia Nacional, Madrid.


Purchased for RA Library in 1880 (see RA Annual Report for 1880, p. 42).

Binding Note

19th-century half light-brown morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Goya - La Taureaumachie' and 'R.A.'


Bulls - Bullfights - Bullfighters - Spain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Etchings - Aquatints - Spain - France - 19th century


E. Loizelet, draughtsman, engraver, publisher
A. Beillet, intaglio printer