Le Patisser,Vide Yorkicks Sentimental Journey Page 58 / In a wide World without Friend without a Livre___ & indeed without any thing but this
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 on platemark.
Mezzotint by J.R. Smith after a miniature by A.V. Rymsdyk exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1775, illustrating the scene 'Le Patisser, Versailles' from Sterne's 'Sentimental Journey' in which Sterne's narrator encounters a Chevalier de St Louis reduced to selling pastries. The Chevalier, who had spent much of his life in service, wears the cross he obtained in service, which arouses the curiosity of passers-by. One of two prints after paintings by Andreas van Rymsdyk (1756-86) engraved by J.R. Smith as part of a set of four mezzotints inspired by 'The Sentimental Journey'. '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).
D'Oench 58; Frankau 272 (as after George Carter)
[Ref: 32529] £240.00