[The Confessional]Le Mari-Confesseur. Dit Madelenntje [...] syn overspelig Wyf.
Mezzotint, 255 x 190mm (10 x 7½"). Hole to right of woman.
One of several prints of the period showing a monk and a beautiful penitent, this one copied by the Dutch printmaker Pieter Schenck from 'A Lady at Confession' (John Smith after Marcellus Laroon II, 1791). Schenck has reversed Smith's composition, added four lines of text in Dutch, and as Antony Griffiths notes, he 'had the effrontery to add a Dutch privilege to protect himself from copying'.
Hollstein:431.I; for Smith's 'A Lady at Confession' see our ref. 5607, also Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart England', cat. 181.
[Ref: 23134] £220.00