About this artwork
This drawing, reproduced in the 1908 edition of the English writer Laurence Sterne’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, highlights Corinth’s use of satire to comment on both religion and human folly. Here, the title character, who was mistakenly baptized with the name Tristram, wishes to see if it can be changed. Just as the debate begins, a hot chestnut falls into the lap of the man in profile on the right. His mouth opens in pain, as his right hand grips the back of his chair, with a slapstick humor that seems to emulate the work of the English artist William Hogarth.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Lovis Corinth
- The Visitation Dinner, illustration for The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
- Made 1902–1912
- Brush and black ink, gray wash, and white gouache, with graphite, on white wove paper
- Signed recto, upper right, in brush and black ink: "Lovis Corinth"; verso, center, in graphite: "Lovis Corinth 43/ 7 III 3139"
- 251 × 344 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection