c.1766-1781. Oil on canvas. 65.5 x 64.5 cm. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
The Monk of Calais. This painting of Kauffman's is derived from a scene in Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768, part I, chapter 2), which was immensely popular during Kauffman's stay in England. The painting depicts Parson Yorick, protagonist of the novel, exchanging snuffboxes with a French monk named Father Lorenzo. Through the arch, we can see the docks of Calais. In the painting, Yorick bears a strong resemblance to Sterne himself. See also: Angelica Kauffman. Insane Mary.