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Giuseppe Baretti (1719-1789), Writer and friend of Dr Johnson

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Baretti left his home town of Turin at the age of sixteen. He lived in a number of Italian cities, supporting himself through his writing. He moved to London in 1751, where he obtained work as an Italian teacher. The writer Mrs Charlotte Lennox offered him English lessons in return for tuition in Italian, and introduced him to her circle of artists and literary friends, including Henry Fielding, Sir Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick and Samuel Johnson. Baretti became a promoter of Italian language and literature, and worked to make contemporary Italian culture accessible to the English.

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Giuseppe Baretti

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1773)
NPG 6248


Giuseppe Baretti

by John Watts, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 18 July 1780 (1773)
NPG D23501


Giuseppe Baretti

by James Hardy, published by William Richardson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 6 March 1794 (1773)
NPG D13953


Giuseppe Baretti

by James Hardy, published by William Richardson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 6 March 1794 (1773)
NPG D19453

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