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Edmond Malone (1741-1812), Critic and editor of Shakespeare

Sitter in 4 portraits
Lawyer, critic and editor of Shakespeare. A cosmopolitan man, who travelled between Dublin, Paris and London, Malone did not settle permanently in England until 1777. He rapidly gained admission to the best literary and political circles of the day. He was frequently in attendance at Samuel Johnson's Literary Club and became a close friend of Boswell and Reynolds. He was heavily involved in editing Boswell's Life of Johnson, he was also a leading critic who was responsible for the chronological arrangement of Shakespearean canon. His opinions and publications as a Shakespearean critic ensured him fame and notoriety in an era which reclaimed the Bard as the patriotic emblem of the nation.

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Edmond Malone

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1778 and circa 1788
NPG 709


Edmond Malone

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1787
NPG D5194


'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
NPG D13085


Edmond Malone

by R. Page, published by G. Jones
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1815
NPG D15283