Le Prisnor; Etching 
The "Little Prisoner" belongs to a set of three prints, all showing bound prisoners. Originally associated with the series "Desastres" because proofs of them were bound with the working proof set of the "Desastres", which Goya gave to Cean Bermudez, a contemporary art historian. However, Goya's commentaries for the three works suggest that they were not conceived as part of the series. The commentaries for the other two prisoners are as follows: "The custody of a criminal does not call for torture" and "If he is guilty, let him die quickly."At the time of these prints' publication, torture used to exact confessions from the accused during his prison term was widely practiced by judges and jailers although both the French, who controlled Spain at this time, and the deposed Spanish monarchy were against it. Public criticism reached its peak in 1810, the same year as the publication of the three prisoner plates. The cry of the people was finally heard in 1812 when the Constitution of Cadiz expressly forbade the use of torture in Spain. It is interesting to note that the words used in the discussion of the Constitution was strikingly close to that of Goya's titles.
- Printmaking