“First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals

Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…