Engraving on paper, the sheet 16" by 13 /4" (23 3/4" by 20" as framed), the subject man's cruelty to animals. This work, part of a series of images dealing with the subject, has become over time a landmark commentary on man's cruelty to his fellow creatures. This print is by one of the most famous satirists and social commentators of all time, WILLIAM HOGARTH of England (1697-1764). Hogarth was a painter as well, but it is for his satirical, widely distributed prints focusing on social misdeeds that his name is widely remembered today. Most are highly humorous and the topics addressed, such as drunken behavior, sexual dalliance, and so forth, are timeless. Hogarth also pioneered the use of sequential art---scenes presented in a chronological, comic strip type manner, to skewer social behavior in an entirely (then) new way. In this example, an overworked horse falls at left while his master thrashes him; the lamb at center suffers an even worse fate; other creatures in the distance presumably await their turn at man's cruel hand. This print was first published in 1751, and there have been restrikes, I believe one of the more commonly encountered restrikes dating to 1822; this is possibly one of the later restrikes---I am not certain. Not examined out of the frame, the print appears to be in good condition. The photos seem to show brownish areas but they are much less visible, if visible at all, to the naked eye. Allow for reflections in some images. See the net for much, much more information on Hogarth and his place in western art history. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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