Signed, in plate, lower left margin: Design'd by W. Hogarth; dated, lower center margin: Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751.; titled, in plate, upper center margin: FIRST STAGE OF CRUELTY.; inscribed, in plate, center: Thin Nero [as caption to drawing of hanged man]; inscribed, in plate, center: S:G [in patch on arm of man torturing dog]; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: While various Scenes of sportive Woe / The Infant race employ, / And tortur'd Victims bleeding shew / The Tyrant in the Boy.; inscribed, in plate, lower center margin: 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.; inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: Learn from this fair Example -- You / Whom savage sports delight, / How Cruelty disgusts the view / While Pity charms the site.; inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: Price 1.s [s is superscript]
COLT 49, Beasts on the Page, Paul Carranza, Spring 2014
REL 37, Animal Rights in Religion, Catherine Randall, Winter 2014
ENGL 20, Age of Satire, Alysia Garrison, Winter 2014
REL 37, Animal Rights in Religion, Catherine Randall, Winter 2013
Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, London, England; sold to present collection, 2007.
Paulson, Ronald. Hogarth's Graphic Works. London: Yale University Press, 1965, no. 187 i/ii.
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