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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

(1741-1821), Writer and friend of Dr Johnson

Sitter in 14 portraits
The daughter of a Welsh landowner, Hester Lynch Salusbury married London brewer Henry Thrale aged twenty-two. In 1765 the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson who, thereafter, spent much time at their home in Streatham where he enjoyed the lively conversation of his well-educated hostess. It was widely speculated that the two would marry when Thrale died in 1781 but they became estranged when she married the Italian musician Gabriel Mario Piozzi in July 1784. Her Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, written shortly after his death in December 1784, sold out within a day and remain one of the best personal accounts of Johnson. The writer Hannah More considered its anecdotal style to be a 'new-fashioned biography'.

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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Unknown Italian artist - NPG 4942

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Unknown Italian artist
oil on canvas, 1785-1786
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4942

'The biographers', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12243

'The biographers'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published June 1786
NPG D12243

'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9898

'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 7 April 1788
NPG D9898

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D14717

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1793)
NPG D14717

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Marino or Mariano Bovi (Bova), published by  John Stockdale, after  Pierre Noel Violet - NPG D16112

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Marino or Mariano Bovi (Bova), published by John Stockdale, after Pierre Noel Violet
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 1800
NPG D16112

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson - NPG D40230

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D40230

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson - NPG D40231

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D40231

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson - NPG D13807

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D13807

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson - NPG D14994

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D14994

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Charles William Sherborn, after  Robert Edge Pine - NPG D21202

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Charles William Sherborn, after Robert Edge Pine
etching, 1887 (1781)
NPG D21202

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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Thomas Holloway, published by John Sewell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
etching, published 1786 (1777-1778)
NPG D14438

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'Frontispiece for the 2nd edition of Dr Johnson's letters'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 7 April 1788
NPG D15034

Web image not currently available

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D19697

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