The Reward of Cruelty, number four from the series The Four Stages of Cruelty

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764

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1751

Etching on paper

Image: 13 15/16 × 11 3/4 in. (35.4 × 29.8 cm)

Plate: 15 1/4 × 12 9/16 in. (38.8 × 31.9 cm)

Sheet: 19 × 15 7/16 in. (48.2 × 39.2 cm)

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

2007.62.4

Geography/Culture

Europe, Great Britain

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Print

Classification

Print

Not on view

Inscription

Signed, in plate, lower right margin: Design'd by W. Hogarth.; dated, in plate, lower right center margin: Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1.1751.; titled, in plate, upper center margin: THE REWARD OF CRUELTY.; inscribed, in plate, upper left: JAMES FIELD. [above skeleton]; inscribed, in plate, upper right: MACLEANE [above skeleton]; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: Price 1s. [s is superscript] 4 / 6; inscribed, in plate, lower left margin: Behold the Villain's dire disgrace! / Not Death itself can end. / He finds no peaceful Burial Place; / His breathless Corse, no friend.; inscribed, in plate, lower center margin: Torn from the Root, that wicked Tongue, / Which daily swore and curst! / Those Eyeballs, from their Sockets wrung, / That glow'd with lawless Lust!; inscribed, in plate, lower right margin: His Heart, expos'd to prying Eyes, / To Pity has no Claim: / But, dreadful! from his Bones shall rise, / His Monument of Shame.; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower right: P. 110 3(ti [illegible])/(4) / [illegible] / [illegible] / 1165. D [circumscribed within circle] MW

Course History

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

ANTH 7, The Values of Medicine, Sienna Craig, Winter 2013

ANTH 7, The Values of Medicine, Sienna Craig, Winter 2013

REL 37, Animal Rights in Religion, Catherine Randall, Winter 2013

Provenance

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. 190 iii/iv.

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