- The Fourth Stage of Cruelty: The Reward 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 Sheet: 14 x 11 3/4 inches (35.6 x 29.8 cm)
Inscribed in graphite lower right: "77"
Lettered upper center: "THE REWARD OF CRUELTY."; lower left: "Behold the Villain's dire disgrace! | Not Death itself can end. | He finds no peaceful Burial-Place; | His breathlefs Corse, no friend."; lower center: "Torn from the Root, that wicked Tongue, | Which daily swore and curst! | Those Eyeballs, from their Sockets wrung, | That glow'd with lawlefs Lust! | Published according to Act of Parliament, Feb. 1. 1751."; lower right: "Design'd by W.Hogarth | His Heart, expos'd to prying Eyes, | To Pity has no Claim: | But, dreadful! from his Bones shall rise, | His Monument of Shame."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Patricia Cornwell
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
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- Subject Terms:
- anatomical study | anatomy | bones (material) | cruelty | dog (animal) | fire | genre subject | knife | lecture | medicine | men | mortar boards | rope | school | science | skeletons | skull | torture | water
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Print made by William Hogarth, 1697–1764, British, The Fourth Stage of Cruelty: The Reward of Cruelty, 1751, printed 1790
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