Tom Nero, a hackney coach driver, beats with sadistic cruelty a disabled horse; a herdsman cudgels a sheep and a sleeping drayman runs over a boy with a hoop. Engraving by William Hogarth, 1751.

  • Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
1 February 1751
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The four stages of cruelty
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The horse and carriage have collapsed owing to the weight of four barristers who have crowded in to save the coach-fare. In the distance a bull is being baited and a figure has been tossed into the air. A heavily laden mule is prodded with a pitch-fork. Two bill-stickers advertise a boxing match and a cockfight


[London] : W. Hogarth, 1 February 1751.

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1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 34.3 x 29.7 cm.


Second stage of cruelty. designed by W. Hogarth. published according to act of Parliament Feb. 1. 1751. price 1s. Verses beneath the image and lettering within


Paulson state I.

References note

R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, London 1989, 3rd edition, no. 188
British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1877, vol. 3, no. 3153


Wellcome Collection 38380i



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