The First Stage of Cruelty (The Four Stages of Cruelty)
William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)
February 1, 1751
Etching and engraving; first state of two
plate: 15 1/4 x 12 11/16 in. (38.8 x 32.3 cm)
sheet: 15 15/16 x 13 3/16 in. (40.5 x 33.5 cm)
Gift of Sarah Lazarus, 1891
Not on view
Signature: in plate: "Design'd by W. Hogarth"
Inscription: in plate: "Published according to Act of Parliament Feb.1. 1751 / Price 1s"
Sarah Lazarus; Donor: Sarah Lazarus
Paulson 1970.187 i/ii; Paulson 1989.187 i/iii; British Museum Satires 3147; Dobson and Armstrong p. 211 ii?
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, cat. no. 3147.
Austin Dobson, Sir Walter Armstrong William Hogarth. London and New York, 1902, p. 211 ii?.
Ronald Paulson Hogarth's Graphic Works. 2 vols., New Haven, 1970, cat. no. 187 i/ii.
Ronald Paulson Hogarth's Graphic Works. Third edition. London, 1989, cat. no. 187 i/iii.