11 –Muchachos al avío (Lads lying in wait)
Print number 11 shows a group of young Spanish ruffians equipped with muskets, knives and twine making ready for some nefarious activity beside a tree. The figure on the left of the foreground is taking a pistol ball from a bag, presumably with the intention of loading it into a weapon.
In this print, Goya draws attention to the banditry that was still rife on the roads of 18th century Spain. He writes, ‘The faces and clothing of these men say precisely what they are. Andalusian smugglers, when close to a roadway, quickly become thieves and bandits.‘