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First Stage of Cruelty

18th century
385 x 320 mm (15.2 x 12.6 in.)

William Hogarth, British (English), (1697–1764)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching and engraving on laid paper
State: First of two states
Print impression quality: Very good
Series: Number 1 from set of four intaglio prints The Four Stages of Cruelty
Edition: Dated February 1751
Marks: Signed in plate, lower left: “W. Hogarth”
Bibliography: Paulson 187 i/ii.
Credit Line: Purchase funds, 1962
Accession Number: 1962.41.5.1

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  • allegory
  • animals - This section can use more hierarchical (quasi-Linnaean) refinement in future; extant terms were assembled into a fairly flat and slightly redundant structure to expedite conversion.
  • series (groups) - Use for related publications issued successively, especially those bearing a collective as well as an individual title; and, in the visual arts, for groups of works by a single artist having a specific and purposeful relation among the works. [March 1993 descriptor changed, was 'series'; alternate term added; descriptor moved. January 1991 scope note added.]
  • vices - LC sh 85143163

  • plate Dimensions: 385 x 320 mm (15.2 x 12.6 in.)

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