Second Stage of Cruelty, from the series The Four Stages of Cruelty

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764



Etching on paper

Image: 13 3/4 × 11 7/8 in. (35 × 30.1 cm)

Plate: 15 5/16 × 12 5/8 in. (38.9 × 32.1 cm)

Sheet: 19 × 15 3/16 in. (48.2 × 38.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Jean and Adolph Weil Jr. 1935 Fund



Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



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Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in plate, lower left margin: Designed by W. Hogarth.; dated, in plate, lower left center margin: Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751.; titled, in plate, upper center margin: SECOND STAGE OF CRUELTY; inscribed, in plate, left center: THAVIES / INN/ Coffee served [in sign hanging from building]; inscribed, in plate, center left: AT / Broughton / Ampitheater / Iames Field / and / Geo: Taylor [in sign affixed to building]; inscribed, in plate, center left: Cockfighting [in sign affixed to building]; inscribed, in plate, lower center left: No [o is superscript] 24 I. Nero [is being written in notebook] inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: Price 1.s [s is superscript] [illegible] / 6; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: The generous Steed in boary Age / Subdu'd by Labour lies; / And mouns a cruel Master's rage, / While Nature Strength denies.; inscribed, in plate, lower center margin: The tender Lamb o'er drove and faint, / Amidst expiring Throws; / Bleats forth it's innocent complaint / And dies beneath the Blows.; inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: Inhuman Wretch! say whence proceeds / This coward Cruelty? / What Interest springs from barb'rous deeds? / What Joy from Misery?; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower right: 1.188 [mostly illegible] / contemporary compassion [possibly]

Course History

ENGL 20, Age of Satire, Alysia Garrison, Winter 2014

COLT 49, Beasts on the Page, Paul Carranza, Spring 2014


Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings, London, England; sold to present collection, 2007.

Catalogue Raisonne

Paulson, Ronald. Hogarth's Graphic Works. London: Yale University Press, 1965, no. 188 i/ii.

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