'My Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman', oil on canvas by Charles Robert Leslie, Great Britain, 1831. Museum no. FA.113 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'My Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman', oil on canvas by Charles Robert Leslie, Great Britain, 1831. Museum no. FA.113 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

This painting depicts an incident from Laurence Sterne's novel 'Tristram Shandy' (1765). It shows the Widow Wadman trying to stir the affections of Captain Shandy. He peers into her face as she holds a handkerchief to her eye, pretending she has something in it. It was one of Leslie's most popular compositions.