A pedlar of jewellry reads from a sheet, ladies inspect his wares, and a shepherd looks delighted. Engraving by S. Davenport after J. Holmes after C.R. Leslie.
- Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859.
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No such episode occurs in Mary Shelley's story of Count Egmont's jewels. In that story, the captor of Count Egmont "was struck by seeing a gold chain and some jewels in the hands of a family of peasants, evidently unacquainted with their value. The peasants were gathered in front of one of their cottages, and were playing with them as toys." The publisher has used Leslie's depiction of Autolycus
Count Egmont's jewels. Drawn by J. Holmes from a sketch by C.R. Leslie R.A. Eng.d by S. Davenport.
London : R. Ackermann, 
1 print : engraving ; image 7.7 x 11 cm
Wellcome Library no. 29906i
The drawing by J. Holmes appears to have copied the painting of Autolycus in Shakespeare's A winter's tale, painted by C.R. Leslie, but not exhibited until 1836. "Exhibited at the RA in 1836, and commissioned by John Sheepshanks. According to Dafforne the work 'was sketched: and partly painted in 1823, but was not finished and exhibited till thirteen years afterwards: it ranks with the best of his works executed at that period of his career - from about 1833 to 1838'." (Victoria and Albert Museum online catalogue, record by Ronald Parkinson, 1990)