This black and white print shows an outdoor scene with lush leafy trees, open sky and mountains in the far distance. Two figures are walking along a wooded path in the foreground- one is a man with wings wearing robed garments and the other a younger man carrying a single large fish. There is a city shown in the middle distance through the trees and a pasture scene depicted on the right.
As with most the Goudt's prints, this composition is based on a painting by Adam Elsheimer, a German painter and friend of Goudt's whom he knew when both were residing in Rome. This scene is based on the Old Testament story of Tobias who, accompanied by the angel Raphael, brings home a fish whose gall cures the blindness of his father, Tobit.
A man in a white robe is seated with his back against a wooden post. In his hands he holds a crucifix; the scene is illuminated by a large candlestick at the left of the image.
One of Goya's first prints, and one not included in any of his published series such as the "Caprichos" or "Proverbios", this harsh scene depicts a man executed by strangulation, a form of capital punishment in Spain.
A drawing in the British Museum seems to have been used as a template for the print, as there are clear tracing marks, and seems to have been the only instance of Goya tracing a drawing for use in making a print (see Tomás Harris, "Goya, Engravings and Lithographs", San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1983, p. 41.)
In lower margin, in plate, l.l.: Painted by Maria Cosway; l.c.: MRS. COSWAY. / Published by V. and R. Green, Newman Street, Oxford Street, London. Sepr. 1st; 1787; l.r.: Engraved by V. Green, Mezzotinto Engraver to his Majesty, and to the Elector Palatine. On back, two stamps: Lugt 877a, and circular stamp with DOUANE / Exportation / PARIS / CENTRAL
Verso, inscribed in graphite, l.c.: "Miravan,/A young Nobleman of Ingria breaking open the/Tomb of his Ancestors, in search of Wealth, incited by/the equivocal Inscription, "In this Tomb is a Treasure greater than/Croesus possessed." found on entering is the following, "There dwells Repose,/Sacrilegious Wretch! Searchest thou for gold among the Dead? Go, Son of/Avarice! Thou canst not enjoy repose""; l.l.: "Jos. Wright. Pinx./of Derby"; l.r.: "Val. Green, sculp." Watermark: none visible.