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Uncle Toby and Widow Wadman

Photo credit: The Laurence Sterne Trust

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This painting shows two of the characters in Sterne's 'Tristram Shandy', Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman. Inscribed on the stretcher is the note: 'This was a sketch only but C. R. Leslie finished it for me in May 1848'. It is believed that the model for Uncle Toby was the actor Jack Bannister (1760–1836) a great friend of Leslie’s.

Shandy Hall





oil on canvas


H 35.6 x W 24.8 cm

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This was a sketch only but CR Leslie finished it f

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Coxwold, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD England

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