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  • Hogarth is probably best known for the prints of "Modern Moral Subjects," which he designed and engraved, including A Rake's Progress Marriage A-la-Mode, and Industry and Idleness, a large proportion of his few surviving drawings are preliminary studies or cartoons for engravings. The finalized designs were transferred to a copper plate, and the engraved images appeared in reverse of the drawings. Cat. 148 [B1975.4.1543] is a preliminary study for the first plate of The Four Stages of Cruelty. Hogarth subsequently produced a more highly finished drawing for transfer to the plate. In his Autobiographical Notes Hogarth explained The Four Stages of Cruelty, were done in hopes of preventing in some degree that cruel treatment of poor Animals, which makes the streets of London more disagreeable to the human mind, than any thing…neither great correctness of drawing or fine engraving were at all necessary but on the contrary would set the price of them out of…the reach of those for whom they were chiefly intended.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: A loan exhibition of English drawings and watercolours from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, cat. no. 4, N5247.M385 L62 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, v.1: p. 203, no. 392, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Yale University Art Gallery, English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965, New Haven, 1965, cat. no. 4, NC228 Y34 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 39.4cm
  • Dimension width :: 33.3cm
  • Exhibition :: English Drawings and Watercolors from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art
  • Exhibition :: The Creative Printmaker
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Exhibition :: William Hogarth (1697-1764)
  • Exhibition :: William Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 2, H- 3
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Subject Concept :: artillery
  • Subject Concept :: bone
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: cats (domestic cats)
  • Subject Concept :: coats
  • Subject Concept :: dogs (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: gibbets
  • Subject Concept :: hats
  • Subject Concept :: lamps (lighting devices)
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: puppets
  • Subject Concept :: shoes (footwear)
  • Subject Concept :: windows
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • The First Stage of Cruelty
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