by Louis Carrogis ('Louis de Carmontelle')
watercolour, circa 1762
10 3/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (263 mm x 175 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), Writer and divine; author of 'Tristram Shandy'. Sitter in 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Louis Carrogis ('Louis de Carmontelle') (1717-1806). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Louis de Carmontelle made over six thousand watercolour portraits of celebrities and the friends of his patron, the Duc d'Orleans. He drew this portrait in 1762, when Laurence Sterne visited France after successfully publishing the first volumes of his novel Tristram Shandy (1759-67). Sterne liked the image and wrote to his friend David Garrick: 'The Duke of Orleans has suffered my portrait to be added to ... his collection; and a gentleman who lives with him has taken it most expressively'. Watercolours like this one were regarded as a form of drawing rather than painting because they were executed on paper. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 263
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 588
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Art of Drawing: Portraits from the Collection, 1670-1780 (19 October 2012 - 19 May 2013)