First stage of cruelty [graphic] / design'd by W. Hogarth.
[London] [Wm. Hogarth] published according to act of Parliament, Feb. 1, 1751
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; plate mark 38.6 x 32.1 cm, on sheet 61.1 x 47.1 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 3147 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 187
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.
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.
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
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1751 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1751 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1751
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