The CaptiveVide Yorkicks Sentimental Journey Page 31 / And with a rusty Nail, he was Etching, another day of Misery, to add to the heap.
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"). Small repairs on platemark on left.
Mezzotint by J.R. Smith after a picture by George Carter exhibited at the Society of Artists, 1774, illustrating the scene from Sterne's 'Sentimental Journey' in which the terrors of the Bastille are conveyed through a description of one prisoner's circumstances. This scene was also painted by Joseph Wright. One of two prints after Carter 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 56; Frankau 58; for 'The Captive' after Joseph Wright see ref. 6731.
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