The Peasant.Vide Yorkicks Sentimental Journey Vol. 2 Page 183 / Oh! had I come one moment sooner____it bleeds to death____his gentle heart bleeds with it.
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"). Dusty at top, surface loss to margins. Rare (no impressions located by D'Oench).
Mezzotint by J.R. Smith after a picture by George Carter exhibited at the Society of Artists, 1774, illustrating the 'Bourbonnois' scene from Sterne's 'Sentimental Journey' in which a shepherd finds 'the lacerated lamb of another's flock'. The episode, however, is balanced by a more optimistic conclusion: 'Peace to thee, generous swain!- I see thou walkest off with anguish- but thy joys shall balance it- for happy is thy cottage- and happy is the sharer of it- and happy are the lambs which sport about you'. 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 57; Frankau 274
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