The Topography of Decay

 
The Four Stages of Cruelty Plate II, Second Stage of Cruelty
Title The Four Stages of Cruelty Plate II, Second Stage of Cruelty
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1751 (reprinted c. 1822)
Medium Etching and Engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

A peculiarly broad avenue near Westminster Hall stretches back to create an ominous space filled with random and casual acts of violence. Nero's cruelty has spread from the schoolyard to the streets and threatens to permeate the whole of London.

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