Francisco de Goya

Bandidos asaltando una diligencia (sketch)

Bandidos asaltando una diligencia (sketch)
Datos Generales
1776 - 1778
Private collection
41.5 x 53.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
19 Nov 2009 / 14 Apr 2021

Supposed sketch for a tapestry cartoon that was never realized.

The work came to light through a copy shown in the exhibition Francisco de Goya - IV Centenary of the Capital (Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad). Later, in 1980, Arnaiz reproduced it in an article in the magazine Reales Sitios in which he asserted Goya's authorship and discussed the second composition discovered under the top painting.

Análisis artístico

Going by the dimensions and the identical pictorial technique of short, thick brushstrokes, it appears that this work could form a pair with another supposed sketch that never became a finished tapestry, Picnic in the Countryside.

The sketch represents some travellers being hijacked, a common enough occurrence in 18th century Spain but certainly not a very popular choice of subject matter with Charles III. Despite the design's rejection, Goya returned to the topic on two more occasions: Thieves' Raid and Stagecoach Hijacking.


X-rays have revealed a second, underlying composition.

  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 173, cat. 127
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 76, 90, cat. 152
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya y la Corte de Madrid
    Reales Sitiosn. 63
    pp. 63, 65
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 67-68, 184, 192, 199, 245-246, cat.
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