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This Goya cartoon, which is now at the Prado Museum, was presented on January 5, 1779 to make tapestries to decorate the bedchamber of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the Royal Palace of El Pardo. "It shows a woman selling cherries with 3 men behind in the process of buying them. In the distance is another woman selling. The fact that there are people around her shows that they are in a town. It is 3 feet and 9 fingers wide, and 9 feet and 7 fingers tall. Its value is 3,000 Spanish reals." ("...representa una Muger q.e bende Azerolas tres ombres detras en ademan de comprarle a mas distanzia se be otra q.e bende y genttes al redor todo demuestra esttar en Población, su ancho tres pies nueve dedos, su alto nueve pies siette dedos. Su balor tres mil r.s. De bellon." Francisco de Goya).

Of the 4 tapestries that were woven at the Royal Factory, 2 remain in the National Heritage collection. One is at the Zarzuela Palace and the other is at the Royal Palace of El Pardo.

The third tapestry is at the Cathedral Museum and is somewhat different to the cartoon: there is no second seller and no other people around her. Instead there is a landscape of houses.

Details

  • Title: The Haw Seller
  • Creator: Royal Tapestry Factory, from a Goya cartoon
  • Date: 1779
  • Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 312 x 178 cm
  • Type: Tapestry
  • Medium: Wool and silk

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