The Four Stages of Cruelty: The Reward of Cruelty

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Title

The Four Stages of Cruelty: The Reward of Cruelty

Subject

morality, cruelty, culture, enlightenment, medicine, crime

Description

The subject, Nero, has been hanged for his crimes. His body has been donated to anatomists for public dissections. A crowd gathers as surgeons take him apart. The dominating figure above oversees the spectacle, his role as chief surgeon or high judge somewhat blurry. In the left corner, the bones of others are being boiled down to make pharmaceutical cures, while an emaciated dog nips at the intestines for scraps as a figure gathers them in the right-hand corner. Notably, Nero's corpse still betrays expressions of horror and pain.

Creator

William Hogarth

Source

Original - Fourth plate in Hogarth's Four Stages of Cruelty engraved series; Online - The last entry in the online coverage by Tate Modern on Hogarth's Four Stages of Cruelty

Publisher

Tate Modern

Date

1 February 1751

Contributor

Rachel Seiler Smith

Rights

Courtesy Andrew Edmunds, London

Format

File - JPEG; Original - Etching and engraving, 320 x 380 mm

Language

English

Type

Engraving; Still Image

Identifier

Coverage

eighteenth century

Files

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Citation

William Hogarth, “The Four Stages of Cruelty: The Reward of Cruelty,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/3.

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