The Second Stage of Cruelty  1751

by William Hogarth

Medium: [br]Etching and engraving This print is one of a series by William Hogarth; it is the second of The Four Stages of Cruelty. Tom Nero becomes even further embroiled in a life of cruelty, engaging here in the brutal act of beating his overworked horse. Having abused animals as a boy (in the first plate of the series), Nero has clearly become even more sadistic as ...
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington