The Reward of Cruelty

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764



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: Purchased through the Jean and Adolph Weil Jr. 1935 Fund


Portfolio / Series Title

Number four from The Four Stages of Cruelty


Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


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

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

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

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

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

REL 37, Animal Rights in Religion, Catherine Randall, 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. 190 iii/iv.

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