The First Stage of Cruelty: Children Torturing Animals
- Part Of:
- 1751, printed 1790
- Line engraving on thick, white, smooth wove paper
- Sheet: 24 7/8 x 19 1/4 inches (63.2 x 48.9 cm), Plate: 15 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches (38.7 x 32.4 cm), and Image: 14 x 11 3/4 inches (35.6 x 29.8 cm)
Inscribed in graphite lower right: "74"
Lettered upper center: "FIRST STAGE OF CRUELTY."; lower left: "While various Scenes of sportive Woe | The Infant Race employ, | And tortur'd Victims bleeding shew | The Tyrant in the Boy. | Design'd by W.Hogarth | Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751"; lower center: "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."; lower right: "Learn from this fair Example - You | Whom savage Sports delight, | How Cruelty disgusts the view | while Pity charms the sight."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Patricia Cornwell
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- balloon | bone | cats (domestic cats) | children | church | cruelty | dogs (animals) | genre subject | lamppost | parish | rooster | steeple | street | torture | violence
- Associated Places:
- England | Europe | London | St Giles | United Kingdom
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Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British, The First Stage of Cruelty: Children Torturing Animals, 1751, printed 1790
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