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They Can Still Be of Use, c. 1810-1813, printed 1863

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
etching and burnishing on heavy wove paper
Printed by Laurenciano Potenciano
24.5 x 33.8 cm; plate: 16 x 25.5 cm
Purchased 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4147)

Here the Spanish militia collects their wounded from a battle field before the silhouette of buildings in the background, possibly those of the medieval town of Saragossa. The title may refer to the fact that after they were treated the wounded were still needed to continue the fight against Napoleon’s army.

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