Francisco de Goya

If he is guilty, let him die quickly (Si es delincuente q.e muera presto)

If he is guilty, let him die quickly (Si es delincuente q.e muera presto)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1810 - 1815
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
155 x 121 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sepia wash and sanguine
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Jun 2012 / 14 Apr 2021

See The Blind Guitarrist.

This work belonged to Javier Goya and then to his son, Mariano Goya. It later entered the Valentín Carderera Collection before finally reaching the Prado Museum.

Análisis artístico

There are no major differences between this drawing, which is the other way round to the finished work, and the print. In it we see the prisoner, in profile, secured to the wall by a chain around his neck and by shackles round his feet. He is dressed in ragged clothes and his head has fallen forward, hiding his face behind his hair.

Goya has described his surroundings only superficially, in less detail than in some of his other preparatory drawings, although it does seem that he already had a very clear idea of how the finished work would look even at this early stage.


There are smudges of sanguine on the reverse, around the edge of the drawing. This tends to happen when the printmakers trace the drawing onto the copperplate.

  • Los dibujos de Goya
    Museo Provincial de Zaragoza
    exhibition organized by Museo Provincial de Zaragoza, Ministerio de Cultura and Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, exhibition guide written by Miguel Beltrán Lloris and Micaela Pérez Sáenz. October 1978
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 991
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 165
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria) and PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E. y SAYRE, Eleanor A. (directores)
    Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    cat. 96
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