The Captive.He was sitting upon the Ground upon a little straw, in the farthest corner of his Dungeion, which was alternately his chair and bed a little calendar of small sticks were laid at the head notched all over whith the dismal days and nights he had passed there. Vide Sternes Sentimental Journey, Vol,II.
Published Oct 1, 1786, by John & Josiah Boydell Engraver No. 90 Cheapside London.
Stipple. 375 x 475mm. Trimmed to plate, laid on board.
This print is an episode in Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey (1768). The novel comprises the reflections of the sensitive traveller, Yorick. In Paris, threatened with arrest, he reflects upon the terrors of the Bastille, in a section titled ‘The Captive’. By focussing imaginatively on a single, suffering prisoner, Yorick is able to conjure the deepest emotions, which the reader is invited to share. ('Gothic Nightmares', Tate Britain). Third state, before the Sterne quotation below the image was changed for the final state.
Egerton P28 iii/iv
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