This is worse (Esto es peor), Plate 37 of The Disasters of War series

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This is worse (Esto es peor), Plate 37 of The Disasters of War series Etched about 1810 - 1820 (published 1863)
The title of this print follows on from previous plates in the series entitled The Disasters of War that show similar acts of depravity. This image is based on a real event that happened in December 1808 at the town of Chinchón, where Goya’s brother served as the parish priest. In retaliation for the death of two French soldiers, the French army massacred every townsman they could find. The depiction of the man impaled on a tree with his arms severed from his body and his face contorted in agony is one of the most horrific images of the series. In the background, the French soldiers drag their next victim towards a similar fate, emphasising the ceaseless nature of their cruelty, and the indifference with which it is carried out.

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A printmaking technique that uses a needle to etch an image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting raised surface, or burr, which holds the ink used in the printmaking process produces a soft, velvety effect.


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Drypoint, Etching, Print


  • Acc. No. GOYA.51
  • Medium Etching, lavis and drypoint on paper
  • Size 15.50 x 20.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1967