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Print - The Grace
  • The Grace
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812
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The Grace

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    18/07/1775 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
    Carter, George G. Carter Geo Carter, born 1737 - died 1795 (artist)
    Robert Sayer & Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 42

This print by John Raphael Smith is based upon a painting by George Carter. The image refers to a scene in Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy(1768), entitled The Grace. After a disaster when his horse loses two shoes, Parson Yorick is obliged to spend the night in a French peasant's house:

"When supper was over, the old man gave a knock upon the table with the haft of his knife - to bid them prepare for the dance [...] all his life long he had made it a rule, after supper was over, to call out his family to dance and rejoice; believing, he said, that a chearful and contented mind was the best sort of thanks to heaven that an illiterate peasant could pay -
- Or a learned prelate either, said I."

Carter also painted another scene from A Sentimental Journey, using his daughter as the model for Maria. Smith used the painting of Miss Carter as Maria as the basis for another print, published in 1774.

Physical description

Print with a depiction of a group of country folk dancing outside a cottage doorway.

Place of Origin

London (published)


18/07/1775 (published)


Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
Carter, George G. Carter Geo Carter, born 1737 - died 1795 (artist)
Robert Sayer & Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'That a Chearfull and Contented Mind is the best thanks an Illiterate Peasant can Pay. Vide Yoricks Sentimental Journey Vol.II Page 192. Geo. Carter pinxt. J.R. Smith fecit. London, Printed for R. Sayer, & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street: Published as the Act directs. 18 July 1775.'
Lettered with title and inscription


Height: 46.4 cm cut, Width: 56.2 cm cut

Descriptive line

'The Grace', mezzotint by John Raphael Smith after George Carter, 1775.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.
Fagan, Louis. A descriptive catalogue of the engraved works of William Faithorne. London: B. Quaritch, 1898. xiii, 104 p. 30 cm.






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