The Topography of Decay

 
The Four Stages of Cruelty Plate IV,The Reward of Cruelty
Title The Four Stages of Cruelty Plate IV,The Reward 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

Nero is finally removed from the streets of London and enclosed in the constricted space of Surgeon's Hall, where criminals were publicly dissected. Two accusing skeletons watch over the grotesque dismemberment of Nero's corpse by complacent doctors.

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