First stage of cruelty [graphic] / design'd by W. Hogarth.

Edition:
[State 1].
Published/Created:
[London]
[Wm. Hogarth]
published according to act of Parliament, Feb. 1, 1751
Physical Description:
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.6 x 32.1 cm, on sheet 61.1 x 47.1 cm
Notes:
Title engraved above image.
State, publisher, and series title from Paulson.
First in a series of four: The four stages of cruelty.
Quotation engraved below image: "While various scenes of sportive woe, the infant race employ, and tortur'd victims bleeding shew, the tyrant in the boy. Behold! A youth of gentler heart, to spare the creature's pain. O take, he cries - take all my tart, but tears and tart are vain. Learn from this fair example - you whom savage sports delight, how cruelty disgusts the view while pity charms the sight."
Purchased from John Grant, Ltd., Edinburgh; August 1940; £20 Kinnaird lot. With Kinnaird bookplate; disbound at Yale.
Formerly owned by Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826).
Sheet trimmed to 382 x 313 mm.
Abstract:
In a London street, young boys inflict various forms of cruelty upon animals. In the centre, a boy (Tom Nero), identifiable by the badge on his shoulder as a pupil of St. Giles's Parish School, thrusts an arrow into a dog's anus; he ignores the offer of a large tart from a sympathetic young gentleman (said by Paulson to be a compliment to the young George III). To his left on the front of the balustrade, a boy draws a prophetic picture of Tom hanging from the gallows. Below Tom, another boy ties a bone to a dog's tail. In the lower left, a dog disembowels a cat. In the center foreground another boy kneels on the cobblestones, about to release a cock, as another boy prepares to a stick at it; the boy behind him holds a second cock. On the balustrade one boy holds a torch while his companion blinds a bird with a wire. Further to the left on the balustrade a group of boys laugh at the sight of two cats fight as they are hung by their tails from a gibbet-shaped lamp post. Above them a cat with a pair of wings tied to its back has been tossed out the attic window to see if it could fly.
Variant Titles:
Four stages of cruelty.
Associated Names:
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Printmaker]
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Topics:
Animal fighting
Balustrades
Boys
Cats
Cockfighting
Dogs
Gallows
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826
Lampposts
Parables
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958
Punishment & torture
Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909
Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Language:
English
Genre:
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1751
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1751
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1751
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Call Number:
Kinnaird 53K(a) Box 215
Orbis Record:
9884811
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr22368
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
16030693
PID:
digcoll:2807205