Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), Writer and divine; author of 'Tristram Shandy'
Describing himself at work 'this 12th day of August 1766', Sterne writes: 'And here am I sitting ... in a purple jerkin and yellow pair of slippers, without either wig or cap on.' 
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1) The original of 'Uncle Toby'.
2) His courtship letters, 1739-46, used for first time ‘sentimental' to denote the tender emotions, Dictionary of National Biography, XVIII, p 1088.
3) An allusion to her Indian connections; MS of Journal in British Museum.
4) Letters of Laurence Sterne, ed. L. P. Curtis, 1935, p 285, note 2, citing Tristram Shandy, III, p 154.
Referencesback to topCatalogue of Pictures Belonging to the Marquess of Lansdowne, 1897.
W. Cotton, Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Works, ed. J. Burnet, 1856.
W. L. Cross, The Life and Times of Laurence Sterne, New York, 1909.
Curtis (ed.) 1935
Letters of Laurence Sterne, ed. L. P. Curtis, 1935.
Sir Martin Davies, French School (National Gallery Catalogues), 2nd edition, 1957.
Drawings by Henry Bone, MS, working drawings, NPG library.
F. A. Gruyer, Chantilly: Les Portraits de Carmontelle, 1902.
W. Hayley, Life of George Romney, 1809.
G. L. Lee, The Story of the Bosanquets, 1966.
Letters of the late Rev. Mr. Laurence Sterne, new edition, 1776.
W. Sichel, Sterne, A Study, 1910 (annotated copy in NPG library).
J. T. Smith, Nollekens and his Times, ed. W. Whitten, 1920.
F. J. B. Watson, Thomas Patch (1725-1782), Walpole Society, XXVIII, 1940.
Only works cited in the text are mentioned here, but among the interesting accounts may be cited:
Mrs Jameson, Private Galleries, 1844, p 330.
Leslie and Taylor 1865
C. R. Leslie and T. Taylor, Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1865, I, pp 192-93.
William Whitley, Artists and Their Friends in England 1700-1799, 1928, I, p 175.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.