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Print - Cruelty in Perfection
  • Cruelty in Perfection
    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10
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Cruelty in Perfection

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1751 (engraved)
    1751 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (engraver)
    Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.2779

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DG, shelf 11, box A5

Tom Nero was a highwayman who persuaded his pregnant girlfriend, a domestic servant, to steal from her employer and then brutally murdered her. This print shows him being arrested in a churchyard at one o'clock in the morning, while his unfortunate victim's body lies on the ground in the right of the picture. In the distance is the house where she worked.

This is the third of four prints William Hogarth made about the life and death of Tom Nero, exploring the issue of human cruelty both to humans and to animals.

Physical description

Cruelty in Perfection; Part of the series The Four Stages of Cruelty; Engraving print on paper.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1751 (engraved)
1751 (published)

Artist/maker

Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (engraver)
Hogarth, William, born 1697 - died 10 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

engraving print on paper

Descriptive line

Cruelty in Perfection; Part of the series The Four Stages of Cruelty; Engraving print on paper; Designed and engraved by William Hogarth; English School; 1751.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1874.
Lambert, Susan. Prints : Art and Techniques. London : V&A Publications, 2001. p 10-11 : ill.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Churchyard; Woman; Bat; Men; Corpse; Death; Letter; Pitchfork; Lantern; Cruelty; Owl; Murder

Categories

Death; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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