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.)