Stages of Cruelty 1. Cruelty in Perfection 2. The Reward of Cruelty.

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Stages of Cruelty 1.	Cruelty in Perfection  2. The Reward of Cruelty.
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J Bell after William Hogarth

Stages of Cruelty 1. Cruelty in Perfection 2. The Reward of Cruelty.

London, J & J Boydell 1808

Woodcuts

450 x 380 mm

£1600 the pair.

This pair of woodcuts were intended as cheaper versions of the etchings. They were originally published in January 1751, a month earlier than Hogarth’s engravings.

1. Cruelty in Perfection.

Tom Nero has murdered his girlfriend by cutting her throat, after inducing her to steal her mistress's jewels, and is arrested by an angry mob when found standing over the body.

2. The Reward of Cruelty.

This famous last plate in the series shows the body of the executed Tom Nero (the rope still around his neck) being dissected in the Surgeon's Theatre Old Bailey (conveniently close to Newgate Prison) by Hogarth's friend Dr John Freke of St. Bartholomew's Hospital.