Search the Collections

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee 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 (1728-81) aged twenty-two. In 1765 the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson. Thereafter, Johnson 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 Henry Thrale died in 1781 but they became estranged when she married the Italian musician Gabriel Mario Piozzi in July 1784. Published in 1786 the first edition of Hester Piozzi's Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson sold out within a day. The writer Hannah More (1745-1833) considered its anecdotal style to be a 'new-fashioned biography'.

List Thumbnail

4942

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee 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

D14717

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D16112

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee 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

D13807

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D14994

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D21202

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D14438

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D40230

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D40231

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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

D19697

Hester Lynch Piozzi (nee Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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