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Drawing - The Sentimental Traveller offers his snuff-box to Father Lorenzo
  • The Sentimental Traveller offers his snuff-box to Father Lorenzo
    Smirke, Robert, born 1752 - died 1845
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The Sentimental Traveller offers his snuff-box to Father Lorenzo

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1784 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smirke, Robert, born 1752 - died 1845 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.392-1928

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 136

This drawing by Robert Smirke illustrates a scene from Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Arriving in Calais, Yorick meets a monk called Father Lorenzo and initially declines to give him money. Yorick then strikes up a conversation with a lady, hoping that she will agree to accompany him on the next stage of his journey. When Lorenzo returns, Yorick is embarrassed by his earlier behaviour. After some hesitation, they exchange snuff boxes instead.

Smirke's original illustration was engraved and published by Charles Taylor in 1784. The print is entitled "CALAIS: Yorick presenting his snuff box to the MONK". The accompanying text reads:

"When you take a pinch out of it, sometimes recollect it was the peace-offering of a man who once used you unkindly, but not from his heart."

Physical description

An illustration to 'A Sentimental Journey’ by Laurence Sterne, entitled 'The Sentimental Traveller offers his snuff-box to Father Lorenzo.'

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1784 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Smirke, Robert, born 1752 - died 1845 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'No 1 Sterne's Sentimental Journey Smirke. Hogarth. 1874'
Inscribed in pencil on mount. The text possibly refers to Dr. John Percy's purchase of the drawing from the firm of J. Hogarth.

Dimensions

Height: 5.9375 in, Width: 4.4375 in

Descriptive line

Drawing by Robert Smirke, 'The Sentimental Traveller offers his snuff-box to Father Lorenzo,' original illustration to 'A Sentimental Journey' by Laurence Sterne, wash, Great Britain, ca. 1784

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929

Materials

Paper; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Books

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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