The Sword. Rennes.Vide Yorkicks Sentimental Journey, Vol. 2 Page 58, / I think I saw a tear fall upon the Place, I could not be mistaken, by what follow'd.
Published April 15.th 1775, by T. Bradshaw, James Street Covent Garden, & J.R. Smith, No. 10 Batemans Buildings, Soho Square.
Mezzotint with small margins, platemark 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Repairs at top outside image.
Mezzotint by J.R. Smith after a painting by A.V. Rymsdyk exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1775, illustrating Sterne's 'Sentimental Journey', a popular source for pictures in the late 18th century. 'This print shows the touching moment when the Marquis d'E**, who had relinquished his nobility for many years in order to enter trade and repair the family fortune, reclaims his sword. He sheds a tear as he draws it almost out of the scabbard and notices a patch of rust. Yorick witness the scene: 'O how I envied him his feelings'. 'Andreas van Rymsdyk (1756-86) was primarily a portrait painter. This early subject picture was engraved as one of a set of four mezzotints [...] 'John Raphael Smith (1752-1812) was the finest artist among English mezzotint engravers and gave great charm to many of the prints he engraved. He designed many prints himself, including a number of stipples. He became a successful publisher, notably of the rustic genre pictures painted by George Morland, but even so skilled and experienced an engraver as Smith found the economic difficulties brought by the war with France too difficult and in his last years he worked primarily as a painter of pastel pictures in the north of England.' (David Alexander, 'Affecting Moments: Prints of English Literature made in the Age of Romantic Sensibility, 1775-1800', p.16).
Alexander 2; D'Oench 59; Frankau 341 (as after George Carter); for a different print showing this scene see ref. 18274.
[Ref: 32528] £220.00