Highwaymen Attacking a Coach (Robbery of the coach)

Francisco Goya

Keywords: HighwaymenAttackingCoachRobberycoach

Work Overview

Highwaymen Attacking a Coach (Asalto al coche; Robbery of the coach)
Francisco Goya
Original Title: Salteadores de caminos atacar a un coche
Date: 1786 - 1787
Style: Romanticism
Genre: genre painting
Media: oil, canvas
Dimensions: 127 x 169 cm
Location: Private Collection

A "highwayman" was a robber who stole from travellers. This type of thief usually travelled and robbed by horse, as compared to a footpad who travelled and robbed on foot; mounted highwaymen were widely considered to be socially superior to footpads.[1] Such robbers operated in Great Britain from the Elizabethan era until the early 19th century. In many other countries, they persisted for a few decades longer, until the mid or late 19th century.

The word highwayman is first known to have been used in the year 1617;[2] other euphemisms included "knights of the road" and "gentlemen of the road". In the 19th-century American West, highwaymen were known as road agents.[3] In Australia, they were known as bushrangers.