Two contemporary illustrations by political cartoonist Martin Rowson show Sterne preaching. Inspired by William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, Rowson was commissioned to produce ‘Yorick’s Progress’. Each of the eight drawings makes reference to a milestone in the last years of Sterne’s life, from 1759-1768. In one of the drawings Sterne is shown preaching the sermon ‘Hezekiah and the Messengers’ in Paris, and in another he is preaching ‘The Abuses of Conscience’ in York Minster.
This sermon has particular significance as it was included in Volume 2 of Tristram Shandy where it was attributed to the fictional Parson Yorick.
In 2013, Incline Press produced a special edition of Hezekiah and the Messengers to celebrate Sterne’s tercentenary.