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Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British

The Third Stage of Cruelty: Cruelty in Perfection - The Murder

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Collective Title: The Four Stages of Cruelty

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: "76"

Lettered upper center: "CRUELTY IN PERFECTION."; lower left: Dear Tommy | My Miftrefs has been | the best of Women to me, and my Conscience flies in my face as often as | I think of wronging her yet I am resolv'd to venture Body | & Soul to do as you would have me | so don't fail to meet me as you | said you would. For I shall | bring along with me all the | things I can lay my hands on. | So no more at presant | but I remain yours till | Death. Ann Gill."; lower left: "[...] | To lawlefs Love when once betray'd, | Soon Crime to Crime Succeeds: | At length beguil'd to Theft, the Maid | By her Beguiler bleeds."; lower center: "Yet learn, seducing Man.'nor Night, | With all its sable Cloud, | Can screen the guilty Deed from Sight; | Foul Murder cries aloud. | Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751"; lower right: "The gaping Wounds, and bloodstain'd Steel, | Now shock his trembling Soul: | But Oh! what Pangs his Breast must feel, | When Death his Knell shall toll. | Design'd by W.Hogarth."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Patricia Cornwell
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bat | cemetery | cruelty | dagger | death | genre subject | grave | graveyard | headstone | house | knife | lantern | men | moon | murder | night | owl | tombstone | topiary | torture | trees
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